Thanks much for your honest critique, something (as you are probably aware) which is not so common on TN. You are indeed right that there is not really an obvious central theme here, as my shots generally have. My motivation for posting this shot was not so much to have it stand tall on its own, but rather to serve as a geographic and botanical contrast to today's post on redwoods. As I wrote, the original reason I shot it was because of the eye catching mixture of color and texture, and if it does stand on its own, it is because of that mixture.
Often in nature there is no central character in what we see, though it is very natural (or human actually) to want one because that is how we humans tend to see things. Ponder this in light of your own photo career, which I suspect tended to be focused on just such central characters (news events, weddings and other events, studio shots of people, etc.). On this need for a central character or theme, I may differ greatly from many TN members and most other humans, but that is my unique viewpoint and there are many reasons for it. As you know by now, presenting this view and some related nature education is a large part of my reason for being on TN at all. For me, the central character is often the interplay of multiple elements or some surprising, unusual, or counterintuitive aspect of an otherwise mundane scene.
There may be a different way to do what I've tried to accomplish with the meadow/redwood pairing. TN has a travelogue function (under "my account/manage"), but I have not used it yet. It may be appropriate, but I haven't decided yet. Other than this, TN is not really set up to tell stories with multiple images. All I can do is post the redwoods and ask you to look at it, while remembering the meadow for contrast.
Hope you keep enjoying my posts.
meadow texture (6)