Will I ever become tired of shooting in the forest? It's a question I contemplate every so often, mostly at the tail end of each spring. The answer I keep coming up with is "probably not". What has held true over the years is my belief that forests are one of the most engaging, stimulating, and intellectually taxing places to photograph. While roaming through our forests here in the Pacific Northwest it seems as though some favorite new image is always lurking right around the corner. Because of this my mind is always sensing, collecting information, and scanning for a grouping of elements to compose with. What also has held true is just how rare it is to actually come away with a usable image. For sure, forests have the highest ratio of effort to production of any environment I photograph regularly. For me at least. But it's precisely this combination of a highly engaging shooting environment with a low yield rate which keeps me motivated. If it was easy it would become boring and any resulting images would quickly lose their luster. In the end forests remind us of the value in failure as well as how our feelings of success often correlate to these struggles and failures.