The Boardwalk At The Park
It was late May, early in the afternoon. An overcast, cloudy sky diffused the sunlight from above.
On that spring day I had been hiking and photographing wildflowers within Pike Lake Unit, of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin.
Just before reaching the parking lot, the hiking trail joins with a circular handicapped-accessible paved walkway, part of which contains two boardwalks. This particular boardwalk follows along the lake shore and is built over a very wet, marshy area. This particular location is a great birding area during the spring and fall migrations.
As I came to the start of the boardwalk – even though I’ve walked over this for years and never noticed it – the curve of the walkway caught my attention. The diffused sunlight was balanced along the walkway.
Why Create This Image?
I created this image because I liked what I envisioned this to be in print.
What I found interesting is how the boardwalk meanders through the thick spring green vegetation, and disappears into the distance.
Where does it go from there? The answer is totally left to the viewer’s imagination.
Became The Top Selling Print
A few years later a shipping supply company purchased selected lithographic prints for their “Customer Rewards Program”. (Lithographic prints are printed on "poster type" paper. These are not fine art printed). Their program allowed large volume-ordered customers the opportunity to select a framed matted lithographic print as a reward for their volume purchase.
This particular print, titled “Meandering Boardwalk”, was highly successful for their international program.
Adding in the lithographic prints with the fine art prints of this image, "Meandering Boardwalk" is - to date - became my top selling print. I never considered it would be as well received as it has been.
File ID: PHP_IMG_9428
1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS USM
focal length 70mm
ISO 100, 1/5 second, f/18
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin