When I was growing up in northern Minnesota I spent every spare moment exploring the woods and fields around my home. There was always something new to discover - the first of the spring flowers, wild strawberries - tiny but so sweet, the song of the redwing blackbird in the marsh. Though I did not realize it at the time, nature has been my most important teacher and the lessons I have learned there have remained with me all my life.
A Year on Blackberry Mountain is a new series of images that seeks to recapture that feeling I had growing up in nature - that sense of wonder and discovery of the natural world. The characters are some of my favorite vintage photos collected from here and there and the settings are places I have visited in my ramblings with my camera or around the internet.
This piece is called More Than Words Can Tell. It is inspired by a line from Walt Whitman - "I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell". The two girls - the Brough sisters - are from the George Edward Anderson Collection at BYU - an old image that I have restored and colorized. The background is a photo I took on a walk near the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, which was once the Breazeale family farm and orchard. I've processed the photo with Topaz Restyle and the Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop.