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.
Priorities
Priorities
Winter Weave
Winter Weave
Mighty Oak
Mighty Oak
On Such a Winter's Day
On Such a Winter's Day
Blinding White
Blinding White
Snow-Kissed
Snow-Kissed
Meshuga
Meshuga
Deep Cold
Deep Cold
Toughened Up
Toughened Up
Cold Frothy One
Cold Frothy One
Brought Out
Brought Out
Natural FX
Natural FX
Spin Cycle
Spin Cycle
Cheer Up
Cheer Up
Splits
Splits
Softening
Softening
Starting Something
Starting Something
Fantastic Voyage
Fantastic Voyage
Serenity Now
Serenity Now
Streamers
Streamers
Rain Light
Rain Light
Underpainting
Underpainting
Flaky Crust
Flaky Crust
We've Got This
We've Got This
All the World's A Stage
All the World's A Stage
Just A Moment
Just A Moment
Conditions for Color
Conditions for Color
Bad Weather / High Spirits
Bad Weather / High Spirits
'Zen State
'Zen State
The Fallen
The Fallen