As much as I enjoy traveling and seeing new things, I believe it is important to explore local areas. In addition to causing less pollution, visiting local areas gives more opportunities to form deep connections with nature. I consider some of the subjects in these images to be my friends - I visit them as often as I can and I see them in a variety of conditions year after year.
The upper midwest is a wonderful place to go outside, although it seems to fly under the radar. There aren't national parks here and it is not a popular tourist destination. However, after seeing its quiet beauty season after season, I feel a yearning to show it off at its best.
The following photographs were made with care in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan - places where I feel at home.