Forgetting the science and technology of photography, I am embraced by the lush and luxurious landscape and respond to its energizing spirit. I am lost in the ethereal quiet of the afternoon. The slowly changing cloud layer overhead has a solid, substantial mass which is rhythmically interrupted with brilliant streams of light creating complex illumination patterns as it filters through the forest. In some places an iridescent softness, while others are bathed with slivers of brilliant illumination. The still, clean, moist air tells of a recent gentle rain. The spring foliage suggests a quiet awakening from the winter sleep, along with a promise of the grandeur of summer’s full bloom.