Unique Finds on a Hike – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

I’ve attached two shots from a photo shoot I did during one of my hikes in the Cascade Mountains just east of Seattle. One is a macro of a single mushroom that I almost didn’t see in the undergrowth of the forest and the other one of a rotted stump.  Both shots represent unique opportunities often overlooked in the sheer beauty of a hike in a heavily forested area.

I couldn’t have arranged the leaves and the mushroom head more perfectly if I had done it myself. This shot was along the path I was hiking and I almost didn’t see this single mushroom poking through the leaves of the surrounding undergrowth. Getting down on my knees and shooting it from a slight downward angle, framed it perfectly.

The uniqueness of this shot was not just the subject matter, but the sun shining on the rotted stump and the perspective of it in the view framed by live trees.  The visual changed dramatically just walking a few feet in either direction on the path. The sunlight caught my eye bringing this large stump into center stage. The framing of the shot with the live trees had me walking the path forwards and backwards looking for just the right alignment, which I think I found.


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28 thoughts on “Unique Finds on a Hike – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

  1. Sue Slaght

    I takes a keen eye to spy these treasures. One of my favourite things since starting the blog has how my attention to detail has increased. there is beauty most anywhere if you look hard enough for it. Isn’t the texture of the mushroom amazing. the sunlight is like a spotlight o nthe beauty of the decaying tree. Both excellent captures.

  2. Teagan R. Geneviene

    You have such a marvelous eye, Kirt. The texture and contrast in both of these shots is so rich and beautiful. The stump is compellingly beautiful. But I think I like that quirky little mushroom best… Then again… 😀 TGIF hugs!

  3. Dan Antion

    They’re both beautiful photos, Kirt. I am always drawn the rotting stumps and broken trees and limbs. I’m fascinated by the way the forest reclaims the debris and feeds the next generation.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I agree….nature is so fascinating constantly amazes me. I was really drawn to the tree stump and the sunlight sealed the deal!! Thanks for stopping by Dan!!

  4. Canuck Carl

    There is so much joy and contentment to be found in a forest. Part of it is the thrill of discovery, which through reading this post Kirk, you would know all about. Great captures. The mushroom is massive with such a slender stem or trunk which with the angle captures it in the photo. Love the greenery of the moss and ferns contrasting with both the living and fallen tree. Both amazing shots! 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      I know we both appreciate the wonders of nature. Thank you for the compliment on the shots and thank you very much for stopping by!! Have a great week! Hope spring is finally springing for you😀

  5. Diane Henders

    Wow, the mushroom is spectacular! And I love the stump photo – you framed it beautifully. It reminds me of our Cathedral Grove here on Vancouver Island – one of my favourite places!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diane for the feedback….the forests in the Pacific Northwest are just incredibly beautiful. Have been over to Vancouver Island (love it), but haven’t done any hiking there…add that to my list…thanks for stopping by!!

  6. reocochran

    Wow, Kirt! You have surpassed yourself in these newest nature photographs​. I like how you didn’t overdo the colors in the forest to make it seem like it is animated instead, leaving the majesty of the scene “speak for itself.”
    The mushroom looks 3-D and softly delicate. I was enchanted by these new, beautiful images.


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