The way in with visual elements combine is an important element of all photographs. Texture, lighting and colour all play a role in creating vivid and stunning images. This is why I’ve popped this picture up today as an example of the total appearance properties of the subject matter. I took this picture on a family holiday to Slovakia where these markings were used on hiking trails. What specifically drew me to them was there strong contrast with the deep, dark brown of the bark with the red and yellow markings; not only this but the texture adds a bonus quality to it. Would you agree with me?