live free, child of the mist

"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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Taken on March 9, 2009