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The Forests Solace
Grand Mesa National Forest, Colorado
Spending time alone in the woods has offered up some of the most special times in my life. In my early twenties, I spent two years living alone in an ancient Redwood forest; so, like anything that you spend a lot of time doing, I developed a knack for solo camping. I love driving up an old forest road deep into the woods, way beyond where the typical camper goes, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the forest. It’s never scary being in the woods alone; it’s actually a deeply introspective and cathartic experience!
I built this fire from downed wood I harvested in the forest and spent the evening listening to the crackling flames and trying to capture the scene with my camera. I had this exact image in my mind of the fire in the foreground with the silhouette of the trees and stars in the background. It was not easy to capture until I realized that lighting up the grass behind the flames with my headlamp was the perfect way to balance the extremes in lighting. This allowed the camera to pick up both the fire and the background in one clean shot!
I love the resulting shot and the deeply personal message it represents to me.
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