I Stopped to Take Your Photo at Ghost Ranch
Travel Photography in the Moment
Moving to New Mexico is shaping up to be a great adventure. Exploring the vast landscapes and capturing them is a full-time job, too bad I already have one. Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu Lake is a gorgeous retreat and education center where famed artist Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted. Tours, horseback riding, hiking, creative and growth workshops and peaceful sweeping vistas are a few of the amenities Ghost Ranch has to offer.
On the drive up to the ranch, there is a cabin and corral that were used in the movie, City Slickers. I took the normal tourist photos. As I walked around, this tree captured my attention and imagination. Standing alone with the sandstone cliffs behind it, it is dignified and full of character. The patterns of the twisting branches against the sky screamed “take my photo” to me. And that’s exactly what I did.
As a photographer, finding a unique perspective or story to a photo is always the goal. Sometimes the story jumps out at you and other times it takes moments of reflection to find it. How many horse and riders rested under this tree? How many people pass up this tree to only capture the grand cliffs in the background? Every photo has a story. Some as simple as “I saw this.” Others take us to another time and place and relate a story of lives lived.
As you take photos on your journeys, think about the story you are trying to tell. Experience what your surroundings are trying to tell you. Find that thing that is calling to you to ‘take my photo.”
My story for this photo is of a time where rugged beauty was THE beauty.
Where the trees spoke look at me
and the landscape called you to travel one mile farther.
Travel Far~ Inspire Others~
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