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"Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores.” - Thoreau

I took it upon myself to read Walden this past year and what I found shocked me. Something written over 150 years ago was completely relevant to today. I guess it just goes to show that while much changes over time, human nature doesn't. While I love the ideas of the book– simplicity and self-sufficiency – I found it a bit disappointing to discover Thoreau hardly practiced what he preached, his cabin being a stone's throw from town and his mother bringing him baskets of baked goodies each week. But then again I suppose achieving such goals takes time and study. If he recklessly ventured out on romanticized ideals alone, they might have claimed his end, like Chris McCandless

Just some thoughts going through my head.

This shoot was my most self-destructive yet. I scraped my hand and my foot pretty badly running back and forth between the camera and the tree. It's not easy being a big kid. :-)

Plus it dropped from 34 degrees to 16 in the time I was out there. I've learned that at certain temperatures, getting cold is painful, but warming back up is much worse. It felt like my fingernails were trying to remove themselves. Yikes! I'm not complaining though because I chose to do this, but just sharing my lessons learned. I'd do it all over again for this shot.

By the way, this tree is huge. This is about one third of its height in this shot and I had to stitch two photos together to get this much of it's width. Plus, a little bonus tidbit - it says “I love you Gwen” on the bottom right branch. But I ramble on...

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  1. ToriaRay 41 months ago | reply

    WOW! I am officially in love with your photostream!!

  2. Luiza Rich 41 months ago | reply

    This is stunning!

  3. cassiopeia81 40 months ago | reply

    Simply wonderful effect by the fog!

  4. FreeManWalking 40 months ago | reply

    great tree...very atmospheric

  5. Summer.♥ 40 months ago | reply

    exelent idea!!!!

  6. pennechori 40 months ago | reply

    This is .... WOW! You should be very satisfied with this picture. This is art on a higher level.

  7. Heartslice 39 months ago | reply

    beautifully composed picture..nice colors and lots of magic in the background

  8. David*Brown 38 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot! What a great place! :D

  9. Fresh Light 36 months ago | reply

    splendid paradise shot............

  10. AlpineEdge 35 months ago | reply

    wow. Love this tree. Shot is awesome! Great work!

  11. gred. 35 months ago | reply

    A venerable tree indeed...

  12. Odyssevs 33 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot

  13. hotbboy88 [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    awesome shot

  14. Eila Ray 32 months ago | reply

    This is amazing! I love the light!

  15. Marco de Waal 28 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! Excellent!

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  17. vonCroy 25 months ago | reply

    A stunning way to find the exact right spot between coldness and clearness. Amazing !

  18. Fresh Light 21 months ago | reply

    ...paradise shot

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