Photo of the Week: Hanging Tree

Photo of the Week: Hanging Tree

In photography it is very easy to focus on the waterfall, or the mountain, or whatever the main subject of your vision may be.  However, quite often the most unique photos, are sitting just around the corner or behind your back as you are shooting the main subject.  This was the case in photographing this subject.  In Torres del Paine National Park I hiked up to a popular waterfall.  About 20-30 people circled around the turquoise  flowing waterfall and jostled for better position.  As they did I scanned the area for something else to photograph as I waited patiently for my turn.  I looked downward into the roaring valley to find a photographic gem: a lonely tree awkwardly clinging to ledge above the rapidly flowing river.  Take this photo as a reminder the next time your photography to lose your tunnel vision and search for different angles and subjects all together.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. That water reminds me of the glacial milk I saw in Patagonia… i just read the description Torres Del paine.. knew it! Great pic.. looking forward to meet with you at the end of the world.. cheers

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  2. I took a similar picture that I really liked of a lone tree in the middle of a grassy plains in the Badlands National Park. This picture shows you have an excellent eye for a good photo.

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  3. Absolutely love this one Brendan…

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    • Ya, glacier water for sure. It’s the floating rock flour from the limestone that gives the colour. Same sort of deal as the lakes and rivers in the rockies.

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  4. Phenomenal photo! You are absolutely right. Sometimes we are so busy looking for a specific result we miss the important thing. Kinda like a life lesson there?

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  5. Powerful image. Well made. I get the sense of sound, always great to get that from a visual

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  6. That’s an absolutely gorgeous picture. I’ve never seen water that color blue before.

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