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Tree in the midst of a wide open field

Dear Friends-

Any guess on how many different types of trees there are on the planet? If you think about it, trees are just about everywhere. They are so ubiquitous that they almost disappear from plain sight. If you live anywhere but the desert they are your silent neighbors.

Oh, the answer you’re looking for is 100,000 species of trees (World Resources Institute). Surprised? Me too.

How about the tallest tree? 379 feet. That’s a 40-story skyscraper give or take a Penthouse or two.

The oldest tree: 9,500 years old. This bad boy predates civilization.

The most common tree is the Red Adler. It grows in soil that is unhealthy and in areas that have been burnt down or barren. It’s considered a healer tree because it adds nutrients back to the land. Fantastic.

Blurred TreesPhotography has always celebrated nature and many photography festivals position themselves in the more rural areas of the country. In the South, where I live, this is certainly true. Over recent years these countryfied events have cast a weird attraction to well-known, urban photographers and educators.

Look 3 Festival of the Photograph started in the backyards of a few photographers in Charlottesville VA and has become the Woodstock of the photographic community attracting major domestic and international talent. The usually sleepy streets are choked with attendees and photographic art for three days of Peace, Love and Photography.

Slow Exposures of Concord GA started eleven years ago eschewing notoriety and urban confusion. It now attracts national and regional photographic heroes like Sally Mann, Sylvia Plachy, Jack Spencer and Jerry Atnip. Workshops, lectures, exhibitions and dances occur in nineteenth century buildings like the Whiskey Bonding Barn, a far cry from New York City’s Chelsea district.

The Serenbe Photography Center is not far away in Chattahoochee Hills GA. It is a part of the Serenbe Institute for Arts, Culture and the Environment. In the fall of 2008 the Southern Conservation Trust approached Donna Rosser about having a photography event featuring her images. Ms. Rosser immediately thought of not just a photography event of her work – but an event that would feature images from many photographers. Rosser envisioned a juried show bringing together photographers, photography collectors, and nature enthusiasts. Four years later 96 photographers representing 10 states submitted 467 photographs for consideration.

Tree in front of water and hillsThis year I am happy and proud to say that I will be one of their exhibiting artists in the Nature Undisturbed show. The juror, Amy Miller, is the Executive Director of ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography). The photograph that Ms. Miller selected is the Olympic Peninsula shot from my _Out West series_. It features a tree that is recognizable but not too familiar. It is not the oldest, tallest or most common, but it is beautiful and looks westward across the Pacific standing sentinel to all that spans back across the wondrous landscape that is America.

The opening reception for the exhibit is March 16th and runs through April. If you find yourself southeast of Atlanta think about taking a country road to the gallery and set a spell under a beautiful tree. You deserve it.

Here's to great photography!


Check out more of Nick's amazing photography at / Issue 168 - September 4812
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