What stories echo in the woods?

What has happened to the lovers that carved their names into trees along the trail near my hometown in Ohio? I found it amazing the number of beech trees on a trail where people have been carving their names and initials for 40 years and more. Fascinated by imagining their stories whether of love or loss or just marking their path at that moment. Did Amy + Mike get married and where are they now? What happen to the Green family? Who is JB? So many have hiked through and enjoyed these woods over the years. I felt compelled to document these trees and writings which become graffitti in nature. The experience of walking in familiar surroundings and discovering these conversations in woods generated thoughts, memories and emotions for me as well as reflecting on the others that have passed by before.

There is also the story of damaging a living organism and how they must feel. It’s literally a tattoo that will be there forever. Some of the cuts have started to heal. It’s a delicate balance while creating an interesting juxtaposition for me with my camera between nature and human nature. It’s a beautiful place to hike with the blanket of leaves on the path and the tree canopy still towering over the trail guiding hikers on their individual paths through life. Just curious of their stories?

Grain Elevators

While visiting Denver last month, my brother and I were able to drive along the railroad line that runs from Denver to Greeley Colorado. We were able to explore and document some of the grain elevators and the rural landscape in the small towns along the way. It's the agricultural view opposite the mountains which I wanted to seek out. 

Game 6

Was able to watch the Cubs-Dodgers game outside Murphy's Bleachers on the corner of Sheffield and Waveland on October 22, 2016. Was a fantastic evening spent with Cub's Fans.

Conservatory

The sun and it's shadows at this moment in time caught my eye last week. Many would pass by these natural occurring abstracts the windows create. I seek out subjects that you can't always recognize at first. Of course, I had to go inside to see the orchids.

Zoolights

Spent the evening with my friend Karen, wandering around the Lincoln Park Zoo glazing at the lights and listening to music. Windy and 50 degrees. Thankful for the experiences in the past year and look forward to 2016.