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“The land gives us a stride, and the lake, a dive,” – Gary Snyder.
I could get caught up in the reverie of the landscape photos I’ve taken. Such memories! I revisit the curve of a gold beach and an aqua colored ocean below lovely Taormina, Sicily where D.H. Lawrence once lived; the comfort of aspen trees with their smooth white bark, smooth to the touch of a hand or a forehead; cloud banks that reinforce my deep belief that truly impermanent life lives on somehow, forever and ever, amen. Glamorous lime and pink lights on a man-made island off Manhattan which show the innovation of silly humans and their love of both nature and culture. There again is Truchas Lake on a summer morning, when my friend I woke up to the perfect mirror of water and sky and were stunned into silence.
Landscapes bring me deeper into my life. They reinforce my gratitude for the beautiful (and often wounded) places of which we’re all a part. Whether shared or kept private, there’s almost always a story behind these images. The stories give context, and when shared, remind the viewer that it’s even more than a pretty picture of a pretty place.