Some things are impossible to do:

* You cannot step into the same stream twice. Stream water does not stay still.

* You can never go home again. You may get to where it used to be, but your home won’t be there. Because the home that you remember is all about people and their interactions — fleeting things.

And…

* You cannot take the same exact photograph twice. And I am not only talking about the obvious situations involving people. (Anyone who has ever tried to get a family portrait with everyone having their best smiles on at the same time, will know what I mean.)

The same is true of inanimate objects, in nature, too!  Because photography begins with light, and light, like a river, never stays still.   As the light changes from minute to minute, day to day and season to season so does the ‘look’ of the object.

Take the Falls at Lacamas Creek, near my home in Camas Washington, for example. Below is my latest capture, taken June 10th. Late Spring / early Summer in this part of the wold translates to overcast skies, showers, and lots and lots of greenery. Actually these are good photography conditions for this type of subject. The heavy overcast acts as a kind of ‘diffuser’ that softens the light, opens the shadows and removes the hard edged transitions from bright to dark . (In studio photography this may be achieved by using a “soft box”). In addition, as the day progresses, this ‘diffuser in the sky’ also shifts the color of light toward the green/cyan/blue end of the spectrum. This intensifies the foliage greens which are further …saturated (so to speak) by rain…

Compare two other renditions of the same Falls, one taken in late January and one in late February (of another year).

Same season or not, you can count on changing light…
falls_in_early_summer