This Is Where I Live : Where Two Trails Meet
A Photo Essay
This is where I live, work, and play. I enjoy and am nourished inside and out by the South Mountain region, so much, I decided to make it my home. This passion, imbued with my training as a naturalist, educator, and community builder, wanted to share a spoonful of a recent morning at the edge of South Mountain in the Weverton area (where two trails meet).
The other day I noticed that fall was winding down before I had really taken any real time to appreciate it and enjoy the colors, smells, and temperatures of the season. I was hoping we would go camping in the Great Smokey Mountains again, but this fall will have passed before that opportunity will arise.
All told, it was two hours of sunlight, walking, and curiosity. Of noticing how the various parts work together and respect the larger rhythm of life. Climbing rocks, getting eye level with the surface of the river, checking out raccoon, mink, and deer tracks in the sand and murky mud I was lost from the tethers of time. This adventure, just a couple miles away from my front door, restored my sense of self and a sense of belonging to the place where I live and the people within my town.
Find the place where autumn speaks to you, close to home. See how the mundane can come alive for you and share that with others. Love your place and live, not just in it, but live it with your whole self.
Maryland native and South Mountain based photographer specializing in making images for people and organizations that make a difference. John is an image ambassador for Getty Images, Alamy, and the Offset Collection. Recent Work: Exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, Artful Living – Bladesmith Erin Aylor Enfolds Life Lessons Into Steel, from the photo essay series “Makers of South Mountain.”
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