A pair of magnificent banyan trees in Balboa park with their undulating roots and branches. The sun shines through the canopy of Palm Canyon in an almost primordial scene.
I discovered this spot as I was walking down the wooden steps to enter Palm Canyon in Balboa Park. Although it is secluded, this place is popular with couples for engagement & wedding pictures (think close up of a couple standing in the giant roots of the tree). I don't do portraits (other than for my family) but I really liked the way the trees and the roots cradle the setting sun.
I visited here a few times to get the shot right. The first time I focused on the roots and didn't see this composition until I was leaving. By then it was too late to get a great sunstar. I came back a few times more to get the sun in just the right spot.
Update 6/15/20: I came back here during one of my walks and was saddened to see that the two large vertical limbs on the right side of each trunk had broken off during a storm. The fallen branches also damaged the roots although I’m not sure to what extent as the debris hadn’t been removed allowing a clear view. So this beautiful scene no longer exists exactly as shown in my photo.
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