Images from the book

I used to wonder if carrying a camera in the woods ruined the purpose of a walk. Was I out to experience the beauty of trees or to shoot them? Thoreau teaches us that we see only when we look. Even the hunter “must take very particular aim, and know what he is aiming at,” he said. “So it is with him that shoots at beauty.” Thoreau knew what he was aiming at and was always ready to see it. His eye was sharp, but, more important, his soul was able to take it in. That was the inner “film” that let him receive beauty’s impression. I think that, over the years, taking a camera into the woods has made me more apt to notice trees and to seek out their expressions, character and beauty.  Sometimes, it reminds my eye to be ready to see. – Richard Higgins

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