Banyan trees (aka Moreton bay fig trees) in Balboa Park. The giant roots of the trees and the canopy cradles the sun.

Radiance | Balboa Park

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.

The Story Behind the Photo

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.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 100 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Acrylic Fine Art Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a photographic print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of TruLife acrylic which is an ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective glazing. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic.

The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that makes the print appear as if it is floating in front of the wall. No additional framing is needed. Choose this medium for a modern and minimalist presentation.

Print is signed and numbered on verso (back).

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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