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 boardwalk. This 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 took it because I liked it.
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 my #1 selling print
A few years later a shipping supply company purchased selected lithographic prints for their “Customer Rewards Program”. Their program allowed large volume-ordered customers the opportunity to select a framed and matted print as a gift for their volume purchase.
This particular print, titled “Meandering Boardwalk”, was highly successful for their nationwide program and helped put me “on the map” (as the saying goes). You can read one customer’s testimonial of how this print was a goal setter in their business. (Skim down the testimonial page to the first “Meandering Boardwalk” image).
- 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
- developed in Lightroom
Handicapped-accessible boardwalk just north of the beach
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin