Thanks. Out here the landscape just about photographs itself. The colors are varied and vivid. Nature paints in bold strokes. The land forms are spectacular and it is spacious - oh so spacious. I suppose I do pay a little more attention to composition these days, but the West does spoil.
In the East, as you know, the colors are often green on green. There is less relief to the landscape and the humidity dulls skyscapes and distant horizons. There is plenty to photograph, but it takes more talent to make eastern landscapes appear alive, vibrant, and youthful because for the most part they aren't. I struggle to capture the features in MTSF and MSF. I usually have to limit the physical area I'm focusing on to micro-scenes. It does work, but I'm left with little room for expansion, i.e presting my lady and fellow Ents with another big tree trunk isn't exactly innovative.
By contrast, the western scenes are expansive and very, very colorful. You have the micro expanding to the macro in an infinite variety of shapes, textures, and colors. In contrast, expansiveness in the East usually runs you into an obscure horizon or a neighbors backyard. Yes, there is a lot to deal with in places like New York's Adirondacks, our on the Maine coast, but it the breadth of photographic material plays out much sooner. I'm not complaining about eastern landscape possibilities, just being frank.
When Monica and I return to Florence, MA, I'll get back into the routine. There's lots of work to be done, but when my thought turn inward and images begin popping into my head, they will most likely be of western expanses.
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder and Executive Director
Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest