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Posts tagged “trees

en route to decay …

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… how forests stay healthy.

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stumped …

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cold ground meets warm, moist air …

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… down the hill from my house in western New York.


‘why, you little beech’ …

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… in the forest moments from my office at my university.


A dreary walk in the woods … then magic

Saturday dawned gray, cold, and wet. A light mist eased through the forest at my university. But a day walking in the woods with a camera is a good day, no matter the weather, right?

The university was on holiday break. Students had fled home to give thanks with family and friends. I did, too, but returned early.

The deeply overcast sky dictated a flat, low-contrast aspect to the trees and trails in the forest. I looked down. At least I can shoot leaves, now wet and trodden. I like to shoot leaves. A little Photoshop would add hue and color contrast to them, I thought.

But the gray and the cold and the mist cut into my coat and mind. I shivered. Bummer. A dark day growing darker. Melancholy arrived and tapped on my shoulder. I turned and shuffled back onto the main trail, intent on returning to my truck. My Canon hung unused from its strap around my neck. I hate the interregnum between seasons: no leaves on the trees, no snow on the ground.

Franciscans have walked through these woods for more than a century and a half. Franciscans like nature and apparently thrive in it. They have, over the life of the university, constructed stations of the cross on a circular trail in this forest — Bob’s Woods, named after Fr. Bob Stewart, who died of cancer shortly after my arrival at the university.

I am not a Franciscan. I am not as hopeful as they appear to be. Dank, dark weather like this day’s further eroded my ability to detect hope.

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stumped …


… in the forest at my university.


after last night …

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… perhaps a gentle walk along the riverside trail at my university is in order.


shadows and light …

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… in the forest on my campus. (With apologies to Joni Mitchell …)


find your beech …

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… in the forest on my campus.


canopy colors …

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… in the forest at my university.

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a standout …

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… in the forest on my campus.


the things I do …

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to Nature in the forest on my campus.

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fungus …

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among us, in the hardwood forest on my campus.


landing zone …

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… on a stump in the forest on my campus.

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morning walk …

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… in the woods on my campus.


in a glade …

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… near my university.


hills …

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… along Route 385 in Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota.

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is, and was …

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… along Route 305 north of Austin, Nevada.


death by geyser …

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… in Yellowstone National Park.


just a hill …

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… on Route 385 in Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.


a pinyon pine morning …

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… at the Bob Scott Campground in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest just east of Austin, Nevada.