When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines.
I’ve been photographing this one specific place on Lake Superior in Wisconsin since last June, so just over a year.
In that time the land has eroded significantly and experienced what are called Translational Slides, in which the top layer of earth and all that’s attached to it comes off in great sheets toppling into the lake below.
While erosion is a natural phenomenon, the pace at which this proceeds is not. Since June, some parts of the shore have lost up to ten feet. Some days when I go to work there, the ground literally falls away beneath my feet,
Soon the road which runs not far away will be in danger of collapse.
It is my hope that in seeing these images and coming to understand our collective and individual impact on the environment, that viewers will feel the beauty and tenderness of this place and be moved to act with mindful compassion with regard to personal choices for the many things we do which impact the climate. We are the earth are one.
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