A Passion For Trees


What is your current passion in photography?

When I first became serious about digital photography, I found myself drawn to capturing sweeping landscapes during the golden hours of sunrise and sunset. Time passed. Lots of photo shoots. Lots of sunrises; lots of sunsets.

Then as often happens, my focus shifted. I learned more about photography; I saw more through the lens of my camera. And the more I was out in the beauty of God’s creation, I soon discovered another passion for capturing images with my camera — trees. No matter where I was on a myPhotoWalk photo shoot, I was increasingly drawn to trees of every size and shape, leaves or no leaves, and in every specialized lighting condition.

We were on a fantastic myPhotoWalk photo shoot in Northern New Mexico capturing images for the Prayer chapter of myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments. I specifically remember the sensation of being stopped in my tracks by this magnificent tree; it was truly a tree experience. More detail. It was early morning. We were buzzing along the winding High Road to Taos in New Mexico headed to the famed, ancient, and historic Taos Pueblo, or so we thought. And time was of the essence if we were to gain admission to Taos Pueblo during peak lighting conditions. But God had other ideas. Zoom. Screech. Brakes. There it was along this rural two lane road — an extremely large, beautiful tree with outstretched branches so full of elegance that it was just begging to be captured digitally. It almost seemed as though the tree had its own sentient presence standing proudly with confidence alone there by the road overseeing the spectacular Rio Grande River Gorge just a distance away. Well, when you see something that you just must shoot with your camera, you absolutely have to seize the moment. Carpe diem and all that stuff. We pulled over at the next turnoff. I grabbed my tripod and both my Sony A6000 and Nikon D7000 cameras and we hiked all the way back to capture as many different views of this beautiful tree as I could divine. My favorite image among the group is titled, In Due Season, and is part of the Santa Fe Gallery at myPhotoWalk — SmugMug.

There is just something graceful about the branches of a tree, especially when they are without leaves, and especially silhouetted against a golden hour sky. These barren trees just seem to come alive as the branches reach up to the sky and out beyond where they are planted. God planted — God designed.

Every tree is unique and resplendent with character. Created by God.

So what’s your passion, my friend? You’ll know soon enough as you get out in the beauty of God’s creation with your camera. Perhaps you will love taking photos of flowers. Or maybe the broad landscape. You might enjoy taking photos of events like weddings or concerts. You may find great beauty and excitement in wildlife photography. So many options simply boggle the mind.

Perhaps the best way you can begin to discover your own passion in photography is to carry your camera with you wherever you go. You will soon find your heart drawn to notice beauty in things that others don’t even seem to notice. And you won’t be able to resist capturing images of the beauty with your camera.

So enjoy the journey as you discover your passion – or many passions – in photography.

You can see more photos of trees out in God’s creation in my first myPhotoWalk full color devotional photography book, myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments, daily devotions and devotional photography everyday, just released in multiple print and ebook formats. The cover image, Paradise, was chosen from the myPhotoWalk San Francisco Gallery at our myPhotoWalk—Smugmug Portfolio. The clarity of God’s patterns literally leap from the iPad screen in the Apple® iBooks version. Get it on iBooks — myPhotoWalk — Quiet Time Moments — Apple® iBooks.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


myPhotoWalk Devotional

… They all wait for you to give the their food in due season
Psalm 104:27

myPhotoWalk Technical

  • Title: In Due Season
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  • Description: A really grand tree along the Rio Grande River Gorge, High Road To Taos, Taos, New Mexico, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 07/12/15
  • Camera: Sony A6000, Zeiss 16-70mm, FL 28mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/200sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot near Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, DXO FilmPack, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2018 Catherine Martin – myPhotoWalk™ – Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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