Humbled by Nature

Komorebi is a Japanese word used to explain light that shines like rays through a wooded forest. It was a 2 mile hike to my destination and I had the forest to myself. Birds began to chirp and the wind gently rustled the leaves of the mighty Giants as I made my way through the forest. The sheer size of these trees serve as a reminder to just how small we really are.

I decided to try and capture the moment with myself in the frame to show just how big these trees truly are. Sometimes it’s easy to feel bigger than life, but one walk through this forest is enough to bring anyone down to size.


Michael Castaneda


Growing up, I was one of those people who really disliked going out into nature. I felt comfort in the city and had no passion to ever leave. When I moved across the country, I was exposed to what nature truly is and it completely changed my entire life. A camera somehow found its way into my hand and I decided that I wanted to start showing the world some truly amazing places in hopes of preventing anyone from ever being like my younger and very naive self. As I began to form a style, two painters were actually my inspiration, Bierstadt and Kinkade. Their ability to portray the dance of light and shadows inspired me to create images of a once hidden world to me and expose it from beyond the shadows.



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Sequoia, California

Time of Day

Early Morning

Light Source

Komorebi through trees




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