nature photography

Breathe

Some days you need to take time for yourself. A breather, a pause, a respite. Smell nature. Feel sand between your toes. Sit under a tree and listen to the leaves. Do whatever gives you peace. If you don't recharge your batteries, they die. If you don't renew yourself, well, I think you know my meaning. We all need to walk away for a day, a week, a few hours. Do whatever it takes to find your center. Keep yourself fresh so the light can shine from within you. 

I've been on a slow recharge for a few days. Yesterday, late afternoon was spent listening to trees and feeling the breeze around Lake Arthur. I needed to find my quiet. As I was leaving, this scene got my attention. It was the congruity of nature. Rock and trees, leaves and branches, light and dark all working together in harmony and peace. Mission accomplished.

Rock face at Moraine State Park / Lake Arthur

Rock face at Moraine State Park / Lake Arthur

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day 2018. It's time to get out there and hug a tree.

I'm only a little sarcastic. Seriously, we have one planet and need to take care of it at a grassroots level because it's painfully apparent politicians aren't willing or capable of caring. I suppose there's too much money coming in from the other side. But I digress. 

It's a beautiful day in Pittsburgh, and I hope everyone will celebrate the land where we live. Make a picture of and for Mother Nature. Trees, flowers, the rivers or the multitude of creatures great and small that share our rock. Breathe in the springtime air. We all deserve it. We all need it. 

I made the picture "Roots" during a visit to Vermont. The Widelux was the perfect choice to include the exposed roots of the mighty tree, as well as the trunk and branches stretching into the sky. While the scene was alive with color, I decided black and white would be more striking. I wanted to record the scene in it's most basic graphic form to emphasize the struggle of nature against all the odds. Here was a tree thriving as it clings to life on the side of a mountain. I bowed to the awesomeness of its lifelong travail. 

Today, and every day, find your bit of awesomeness out there. Honor the earth. It's the only one we have. 

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