“Stop the Car !!!” was the cry as we came around the corner and passed the old stumps in the roadside paddock.
It took ages to safely turn around and to park back beside the stumps.
There are a number of these stumps on the hilltop road above Akaroa but, probably because of the bright day and the high harsh sun, this paddock stood out.
While studying at the scene through my lens and on the computer the next day, something seemed to be not quite right. Blue sky, puffy white clouds and nice green grass point to an ordered pastoral vista. But the stumps speak of something else. The stumps speak of a forest the once was and a forest that will fight back given half a chance.
The texture helped me express what I was seeing. The picture is about an underlying tension rather than a balanced paradise.