WEEK FORTY-SEVEN: ILLUSIONS AND DELUSIONS

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This photograph, made in Georgia in late June, has the distinct feel of autumn to me.  It is an illusion, of course; the rich reds are attributable to a Japanese maple in summer garb.  The early evening was hot and sticky, the air still.

But I find the effect comfortably deluding.  For just a moment, I have the sense of a crisp fall chill and turning leaves.

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WEEK FORTY: FERNS

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Ferns have always been among my most beloved woodland finds.  They’re so elegantly organized, each frond curving politely out of the way of the one below.  In drifts, they can transform a dark wood into a golden parlor, sunbeams bouncing off that emerald carpet, softer than shag, and back up into the canopy above.

A few years ago, I happened upon an exhibition print of “Ferns, Mount Rainier National Park” by Ansel Adams.  I knew then that I had to make my own fern image, one that does it justice.  I’m getting there.