It has been said to the Frog that perhaps the image of Power versus Persistence was in fact a bit too ominous or haunting.
In looking at it, I can see that perspective.
Recognizing that a picture speaks to different people differently, I asked “what would be different in your ideal image of Power versus Persistence?”
The common answer was along the lines of the untold story in the shadows.
So, off to the digital darkroom I went.
This time, I went to ACDSee Pro 8. Why, when the original was created using onOne Perfect Photo Suite 9.5? Well, I really like the Light EQ feature in ACDSee Pro 8 – there are nine (9) separate channels available to adjust an image. Sometimes, I use this feature to rescue an image from long ago, and sometimes I use this feature to fine-tune an image as I did in this case.
I worked on bringing out the detail in the roots and branches while not washing out the water and the waves.
As I was working on the image, I realized that I was telling a story that the original image left untold. The gnarled roots are part of the story of Power versus Persistence. You can see the tops of the roots – this is where the land once was. Power, aided by the wind, has slowly gnawed away at the sand. Persistence has dug deep and reached out to anything it can to resist power and stay alive. Persistence isn’t giving up, but you can see that Power is slowly winning. There will come a day, perhaps in my lifetime, and perhaps not, that Power will prevail. I don’t know how long the battle of Power versus Persistence has been going on, but I hope to be able to check in on their status from time to time and see how Persistence is faring.
It’s another of nature’s stories playing out before mankind.
It would be interesting to see your comments on which version of Power versus Persistence you prefer and why.