A Cloudy Day at Laughing Brook

Earlier this year I wrote an artist’s statement to go with some prints on display in Greenfield. I posted it on my Gallery page today. Here it is:

Nature is more than “stunning” colors and improbably close encounters with wildlife. We go to nature for quiet moments and experiences that take us away from the busy concerns of the day. Our nature photographs should do the same for us, speaking softly with light and color that is gentle and true, giving us a moment in the working of an ecosystem as the elemental forces of geology and light interplay with the annual cycles of life, capturing the confluence of form, pattern, and color, or hinting at the interconnection of life. Nature photographs are the reminder of the feeling of a natural experience: the play of light on the patina of an old tree trunk, a bird in its habitat greeting the new day in song, the first taste of spring in the lingering light of a gently cool March evening.

Here are a couple of experiences from Laughing Brook yesterday:

Chestnut-sided warbler singing

This chestnut-sided warbler was singing in this tree for at least a couple of hours.

Chestnut-sided Warbler Staring Back

A few times he stopped singing to look down my way.

A red squirrel pausing on its way up a tree

This red squirrel seemed curious about what I was doing with the weird black box on 3 legs.


A Cloudy Day at Laughing Brook — 2 Comments

  1. So excited to find that you have a website, Kevin! I love the warbler photos! What a sweet bird – I’ve never seen one that I know of. I’m so sad and sorry that we won’t be able to make tomorrow’s nature walk again – we had double-booked something again and need to go as we are volunteering for something. We will miss you and learning about beavers! Hope to see you next month – Lord-willing. God bless you!

    • Hi Katrina,
      I’m glad you found the site and sorry I never mentioned it. I need to get better at the self-promotion thing.
      If you learn to listen for warblers you will find them. For most of my warbler pictures I heard them first and searched hard to find them.
      Sorry to hear that you won’t be there tomorrow. I suspect we will start having this theme once each year.

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