Orchard in Winter

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Orchard in Winter

Orchard in Winter

I had spent an entire day driving the back roads of Leelanau county looking for compelling images of the lovely orchards that characterize this rural landscape. I’d had some success, but when I encountered this scene just at the end of the day I knew I had found what I was looking for.

Time was very short, but I have a personal rule that I will not create a traffic hazard in the interest of my work. There was simply not enough room to pull over safely. Just down the road was Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church and ample parking. I pulled into the lot, grabbed my camera bag and tripod, and ran down the road, racing against time.

As I ran down the road I extended the legs on my tripod. When I reached the location I chose a vantage point and quickly mounted my camera and telephoto lens on the tripod. I composed the image, snapped just four shots, and the light was gone. I was so sure that this was an important image, and so unsure that I had managed to capture it, that I returned the next day at the same time to try again. But the light was not the same and the images not as successful. This is the final image I captured that first day.

I love the echoes of repeating color, texture, and pattern in this image. The rich auburn trees that form the central band are cherry trees. It was the first week of March, the weather was mild, the snow was melting, and the buds were filling in anticipation of spring.

I chose a relatively small aperture of f/16 to maximize the depth of field and assure that the entire image would be in focus from foreground to infinity.

3 Comments

  1. Paul N Marlene DeVries

    Great photo. We had ours framed by LaFontsee Gallery and it now hangs in a conspicuous spot. Admire your patience in garnering these beautiful scenes.

  2. Steven Huyser-Honig

    Thanks Danielle! I returned to this spot a bit more than a year later hoping to get a shot of the trees in bloom. I lined up a very similar shot and took some images but had a sense that something was different. It wasn’t until I was driving away that I realized the poplar trees in the background had been harvested. Goes to show you never really go to the same place twice.

  3. Danielle Sidor

    I absolutely love this image. Leelanau County is one of the most beautiful places in the lower peninsula!