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Somewhere Between Here and There

October 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I use to find the best way for me to connect with nature was to hike as fast as I could. I had this idea if I travel a great distance I would experience nature better by seeing more. All this rushing proved to be, I was missing out on all the woods had to offer. I now take hours to travel the distance of a mile. I spend more time looking at and appreciating my surrounds. Being still is becoming part of the environment. Slowing myself down even more I journal about each image made. Thinking more about what I’m looking at and what the scene looks like before and after exposure, instead of capturing and moving on. Not only do I record the light and my settings, but also how I feel at that moment with all that is happening around me. It is a time for me to connect with nature and a time to disconnect from everyday life.

Noon Hill Reservation2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Noon Hill Reservation2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

 
I search for places close to Boston that make you feel miles away. Most of the reservations are quite small.  All of the woods I visited are second generation growth. These places were cleared for farming and now new growth has taken over. I think these small parcels of land are just as important as the grandeur of any mountain or ocean. The beauty in this ordinary landscape is overwhelmingly powerful. Every tree, rock, twig, puddle is special and important. A puddle deserves the same attention as an ocean. 
 
Rock Woods Reservation 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Rock Woods Reservation 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Underneath the canopy a complexity of layers unfolds and envelops me. I find my way through these layers by working out the patterns of the trees and undergrowth. Letting my gaze drift through this maze of layers I try to find spaces where there is an opening, looking for a way out at the same time finding enjoyment in being lost. 
 
Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Cooks Canyon 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette
 
Middlesex Fells 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette Middlesex Fells 2011 © Traverse Day Robinette

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