A Building in the Green

A building tries to blend in with the surrounding greenery at Natchez Trace State Park in Tennessee. Read all about it at Burnsland.

A building tries to blend in with the surrounding greenery at Natchez Trace State Park in Tennessee.

A couple of weekends ago, our church youth group retreat was held at the group camp at Natchez Trace State Park. Because of all of our activities of the weekend, there wasn’t much time to go exploring to see much of the park, but fortunately, I didn’t have to go very far to find something interesting.

Back behind the cabin, I was staying in was a wooded area. And when I looked back in that wooded area, I found this small building that the vines were starting to overtake. So of course I thought it would make for a great photo. I just hope all of that stuff growing on the ground wasn’t poison ivy, because I had to go through a good bit of it to get close enough to the building to get the shot that I wanted. I watched where I stepped very carefully, just to be sure. Fortunately, I haven’t been itching since that time, so I think I’m safe.

I really liked the overgrown look of the whole area, as the vines were taking over the ground, the pathway, and even the trees. I had just remarked to someone earlier that day that we usually go on our spring retreats earlier in the spring, and things aren’t usually that green where we happen to be. So this was a nice change.

While I focused more on the greenery than on the building, I can also give you a closer look at the building, because it is interesting on its own.

building in the green-detail

I have no idea what the building used to be used for, but I’m guessing it isn’t used for that purpose anymore, whatever that purpose might be. I didn’t get close enough to try the door to see if it opened. I was just content to get this cool photo of it and move on. Because sometimes not knowing is almost as interesting as knowing, depending on your imagination. Yes, it could have been just some storage building or an old cabin. Or it could be where Hansel and Gretel found the witch. Except that she made the candy and cake house look like brick and wood to the rest of us. Or something like that.

So if you know what this building really is, maybe you shouldn’t spoil it for me. Thanks.

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm. - Proverbs 12:7

About the Photo

I really liked the look of this photo, but it was just way too green. I mean really, really green. And it’s not easy being green, you know. What, you didn’t think I would go through this whole post without saying that, did you? Anyway, I used the Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop to tame the green quite a bit (that you can read about in a recent Steve’s Photography Tips post), and I like this look much, much better. I can handle this shade of green.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: April 30, 2016
Location: Natchez Trace State Park, Tennessee