I was out shooting the other day, nice weather...a little bit humid for my tastes, it had just rained a bit in the morning hours. I was excited to see the leaves begining to cover the ground as winter slowly blows its way toward Texas (a huge cold front is headed hear they say). I had nothing in mind to shoot in particular, but I couldn't help myself from stopping before a row a knarly young trees, all having lost their leaves, with their bark damp and dark. Somehow impulse came over, I HAD to shoot them, knowing full and well i'd never actualy print them or do anything with the photographs that emerge on the other end. Why are trees so "photographical"??!! I recall having heard once in school that EVERYONE who "shoots photography" (i.e. not birthday parties), has at one point made a photograph looking up into a tree, and also looking down at their own feet, Usualy always within the first or second roll of film. NAaahh....I thought...but a quick look back at my first roll of film from highschool Photo J. and sure enough.......one right up a tree.....and another, my foot as I walked up some stairs. Oh yes, and how could I forget... my good friend the shadow as well! Take a look at your first negatives (if you have them still) you might be suprised.