This picture applied to several concepts discussed in Helmers’ “The Elements of Critical Viewing”. Particularly, the picture applied to the step 3 description of describing the image in detail. The broken tree ruins the pattern of the standing trees, and thus creates a loss of balance in the photo. Also, the harsh texture of the leaves is illuminated against the clear sky, and additionally contrasts the smooth texture of the bark and grass. The single down tree could also be identified as a symbolic element, as described in step 4; the reading says trees could represent life, but taken in this context, the image creates a darker tone and connotation.