Leaf in decline. The texture of this weathered and partially consumed leaf shows how insects and other organisms use it to sustain themselves. The spirit of the mountain is expressed in life's continuance.
Rock and icicles. The textures exhibited in this image convey an abstract quality. The spirit of the mountain encompasses both the permanent and the transient as symbolized by both the rock and the icicle.
Light and texture. The pattern of the veins and the reflection of the light on these leaves highlight an interesting texture. The spirit of the mountain is expressed through the various forms of plant life.
Muddy face. This muddy Woodchuck's face exhibits the texture of its earth-encrusted fur and gives an insight into its habits in the woodland areas. What better expression of the mountain's spirit than this gentle creature.
I was very pleased during the awards ceremony to find out that my picture Light and texture won the "Artist's Choice" award. This is the photograph voted by the participants to have best represented the theme.
All the winning photos will be exhibited in "The Gryphon D'or Tea Room" in NDG (Montreal) for two weeks in June.
Next year's theme is "The spirit of the mountain as expressed by Nature in all its forms" so that makes it wide open - but hard to choose what to submit!