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A stand of burned lodgepole from Tom Murphy's "Silence and Solitude" | by Rachael | The Slow-Cooked Sentence
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A stand of burned lodgepole from Tom Murphy's "Silence and Solitude"

Exquisite excess in the act of survival captivates the imagination of naturalist, photographer and author Tom Murphy.


Murphy’s curiosity and gratitude for nature are exposed and expressed in his photographs and writing, which has appeared in National Geographic, Newsweek, Audubon and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


With a photographer's eye, Murphy explains what drew him to photograph lodgepole pine burned in a 1988 wildfire.


“A stand of dead trees has a beauty much like an animal’s skeleton. The graceful stark bones of a rib cage or articulated vertebrae are beautiful like this group of dead lodgepole pine. The smooth arcs of the trees’ shadows create a nice counterpoint to the hard vertical lines of the forest’s skeleton.”


Murphy explained in his 2002 book "Silence and Solitude: Yellowstone's Winter Wilderness," that “a natural place of solitude gives us the opportunity to see and value our place in this world and … patience to wait for the unexpected.”


Now the nation's oldest national park, a place of rare beauty and near impossible discoveries, is threatened by climate change.


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