Wild Things

“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot”

-Aldo Leopold

I have used this quote before on this blog but the more time I spend outside for my job, graduate work, and leisure the more I have come to appreciate the full meaning of this. I have been fortunate enough to spend the past 2-3 years in wild places where wilderness is still present as well as a suite of wild animals. Sadly, these kind of places are continuously being compromised for a variety of reasons, and across much of the world these places have simply disappeared – and with them a wildness that only leaves us poorer in many facets. However, as Leopold states there are some who can live with this and some who cannot. I am one who cannot. There is something about the woods, the wind, and the water that is irreplaceably valuable to me on a personal level. It is hard to describe succinctly. Perhaps John Denver says it best in Wild Montana Skies stating, “There was something in the city that he said he couldn’t breathe, and there was something in the country that he said he couldn’t leave”.

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A Summer Storm

My apologies for not posting in a very long time! The summer is when I am most busy out in the woods for my job and I often have little time to post! Nonetheless, I would like to share these photos of a magical summer storm that moved over the lake a few weeks ago. Enjoy and I hope to start posting more regularly soon!

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The Northwoods Spring

“As I walked back toward home, the grouse was drumming on its log and the frogs were tuning up in the little pond. The killdeer were quiet now and the blackbirds had gone to sleep, but I heard the song of the hermit thrush, the clear violin notes that in a little while would make every valley alive with music. Spring in the north was worth waiting for and dreaming about for half the year”

-Sigurd Olson, The Singing Wilderness

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