I took this from the balcony of your lovely wooded retreat, just experimenting with light and movement and abstraction of the forest. I was pleased with the impressionist feel that resulted….
I had no way of knowing that almost exactly 2 years later I would think of this image and wonder how to interpret it after the fact. Does it imply confusion? Distraction? Or is it just what it seemed at the time, and it’s only me that has changed? In the end, it probably doesn’t matter.
What matters is that you rest in peace….that is my wish for you now.
Sleep well my dear….sleep well.
I loved this area of Acadia National Park when I visited there in 2011. The trees were so chaotic and seemingly jumbled, and yet with the grasses and trees and leaves there was something oddly appropriate about it all. Plus it was pretty quiet so it felt like I was alone in the forest (or perhaps I was just very focused on figuring out how to photograph the area). I wish I was there again today…it just feels like that kind of day.
A pano felt like a good way to at least partially convey the feeling of the area. Ideally I could show you all a 40 x 20 print, but I haven’t figured out how to do that online!
A note to my daughter: I know that sometimes this process is long, and hard, and frustrating. I also know that you are an amazing person and you are so brave and strong. I am very proud of how you handle yourself and who you are becoming. I can’t wait for us to go back to Lake Michigan together, and have a chance to sit and relax and enjoy the water and sky and clouds and quiet. Please know how much Daddy loves you. Will you join me at the first picture?
A note to my son: I know that sometimes this process is long, and hard, and frustrating. I also know that you are an amazing person and you are so brave and strong. I am very proud of how you handle yourself and who you are becoming. I can’t wait for us to go back to the Catskills together, and have a chance to hike and climb and throw rocks in the stream and see the mountains. Please know how much Daddy loves you. Will you join me at the second picture?
And yes, you can both come to Lake Michigan, and both come to the Catskills…..anywhere with you is a great place to be. Please bring Mommy along too!
Well it’s been an interesting, tumultuous and ultimately rewarding last 2 weeks. I have decided to leave the (very large) company I’ve been working at for many years and move to a new job at a small company starting this next week. The process of resigning and actually leaving has been quite an experience, and I’ve had some wonderful and humbling interactions. Many people have expressed their happiness for me even while noting they are sad to see me go. So many good people that I have worked with - thank you to each and every one. And now I’m ready to move on to the new role and a whole new set of responsibilities and experiences. I chose the photograph posted below because I think it captures a small part of how the last few weeks, and really the last month has felt. I’m tempted to describe in more detail, but I think I’ll just let the photo speak for itself – any transitions or emotions you find in this image have probably applied at some point in the last few weeks!
I recently posted a couple of images from a trip to the Lake Michigan area, both of which were shots along the Lake Michigan shoreline (see here and here). I wanted to post another shot I took on the same trip that I was very pleased with, that was taken in my favorite type of light. I absolutely love the light you get at the end of the day when it has been cloudy and stormy all day and the clouds start to clear just at sunset. The light is so warm and contrasts beautifully with the remaining clouds, which give a wonderfully moody feeling. During the trip I got a fabulous example of storm light at the end of my last full day in Michigan. This image was taken just a few minutes earlier than the second image I linked to above. I was actually at Duck Lake State Park along Lake Michigan when I saw that the clouds were breaking at the horizon. I raced back to PJ Hoffmaster State Park because I had scouted these trees along the edge of the dunes a couple of days earlier and I hoped to get some storm light to photograph them. Good thing I headed south when I did – I had only been in the area about 15 minutes when this light broke through, and I had about 20 minutes before the sun disappeared behind the horizon. I photographed madly for those few minutes….
I love trees. I love big trees, small trees, winter-spring-summer-fall trees. (I especially love old growth forest trees, but that’s another post.) Today’s topic is my love of trees that can be isolated to show a single example. I always enjoy the chance to find, oh, say a small maple tree in fall color clinging to the side of a large sandstone wall. Particularly if I can find one somewhere that many folks don’t really anticipate a tree like that would occur – say, Giant City State Park in southern Illinois. You know, just hypothetically. Oh wait, look what I found last fall….