Hiking and photographing in the Clark Creek Natural Area in extreme southwestern Mississippi yesterday, known also as the Tunica Falls area, where many, many small waterfalls dot the hilly terrain not far from the Mississippi River. I went to photograph the many waterfalls and did, spending most of my afternoon on that pursuit…but the dogwood in bloom holds a special significance for me, the most beautiful of the flowering trees in the southern hardwood forests. In my part of Louisiana, a fungus has killed them all, so seeing them still thriving in this beautiful area made it all the more special and poignant. I plan to write about this trip later but wanted to share one of the first toned photographs from the trip.
The piece of gear that was most valuable to me today was my sturdy tripod. Most of the images today, including this image of the dogwood in bloom, was made using the sticks. Lots of slow shutter speeds were needed for the falls but it played a role in this image as well.