Oregon Some of my shots provide such overwhelming sensory experiences that I am compelled to take careful notes so I can forever share the moments that led up to capturing the image. While shooting “Tree of Life,“ I got low to the ground to capture the rich contrast between the foliage of the tree’s canopy and the lush green grass below. The grass was still damp and it gave of a clean earthy scent, and in that moment I found exactly what I was looking for as I realized that these minutes could never be replicated. The tree was in the peak of color, another week earlier and the leaves would have been too green; a week later and I might have found nothing at all. As the soft light of early morning was further diffused by the overcast skies, I opened up the shutter for a long exposure and smiled at my good fortune. Even after weeks away shooting up and down the coast, coming home and seeing this shot enlarged brought me straight back to the peacefulness and the spirituality of the tree as it reached up to touch the sky.