I have hiked in National Parks and Forests
across the United States and never ceased to be overwhelmed
by the majesty of the landscape, the vistas, the towering trees,the
dramatic undergrowth. It is always a surprise for me that the
same sense reverberates as I walk through my semi-urban neighborhood.
This past winter, much to my dog's satisfaction,
I took long walks, focusing on the impact of trees in winter.
Without their greenery, it is their form and the texture of
their branches that define them. Although very different from
their lush look of summer, these winter trees make an equally
striking and powerful statement. They ask us to experience our
environment in different emotional and physical ways.