Christmas in Thailand!  Captured inside Khao Yai National Forest about 2 hours outside Bangkok

Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm F2.8 IS @F5.6


52 columns this year.  Each column hopefully becoming more informative, more topical, more inclusive, and subsequently longer and much more work than when we first started.  I was feeling the strain and frankly needed a good rest.  I loaded up the truck with camera gear and headed up to Khao Yai National Park for a planned few days of R&R.

Unfortunately it didn't quite work out that way.  I took some work with me which took much more time than I first anticipated, and I also didn't anticipate the four day Thai holiday weekend crowd.  The park was FULL of happy campers and hikers having a great time, but who's presence prompted all the wildlife save for the hungry monkey's to retreat into the forest deeper than yours truly was prepared to trek.  Every landscape, every vista, everywhere I looked there were people in the scene cluttering up nature!

Quickly I gave up on my plan for obtaining some great fall and wildlife imagery and presented myself with a new challenge.  I wanted to take my time over these three days and take but a single exposure.  Yes, just one exposure.  This exposure was to represent my renewed spirit and Khai Yai National Park.

It took a lot of discipline to not shoot everything in sight.  Instead I drove slowly through the park time after time, pulling over and letting others pass, and driving on again.. keeping my eyes peeled for that one shot.  It was towards the end of the last day when I saw it.  I stopped the truck in the middle of the road and watched this branch swaying out on it's own with red pods at the end.  The sun backlit this branch making the pods almost translucent and lighting the branch in the way only natural backlight can do.

Taking my time I carefully framed and made this capture paying particular attention to my exposure to ensure I captured not only the feeling, but the delicate balance of light shining through the pods and on to the tines.

It's a simple shot, not even worth of mention in it's own right, but to me it represents an entire three day period of time during which I rested and  renewed.  It represents discipline, selection, and the very essence of my mood and feeling during this time.  Light bouncing off the tines, light shining through, spirit renewed.

I hope this next year is better for everyone.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays..