Abstract evergreen at sunset

For our last minute sunset walk my oldest son pleaded with me to leave my camera at home. He wanted to hold my hand and bond. I probably should have taken his cue and overwhelmed him with hugs and kisses. But with this sunset how could I?? So we made a deal: I would only photograph the scenes on our walk that he selected. By giving him control I figured we’d bond with photography instead of hand-holding. Our deal felt like a means to an end.

This particular tree, though, was my request… He decided I would be allowed to photograph it as long as I first photographed a fire hydrant and a big red Christmas bow on the fence down the street. Which I did with a reluctant smile. Afterward we sprinted up the hill so I could catch this image before we lost the color in the sky, squealing together the whole way. It really was a bonding experience. In hindsight I’d say the shot- though I love it- was the means, not the end. My boy has asked me twice since then for photography sunset walks.

(This image and all of my fine art photography is available for sale IN MY ETSY SHOP. If there’s not already a listing for this print, LET ME KNOW and I’ll create one for you!)

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