Walking Middle Earth

One of the coolest side benefits to starting up this YouTube photography related Vlog I’ve been doing is that it has allowed me the freedom to get out of my own mind and all of it’s limitations it puts on me so that I can just get out and create photographs. I’m able to get out of my own way and just enjoy shooting and exploring with my cameras, even when they are places that I’ve grown up with and seen a thousand times.

We all know what they say, at least I think we do…well I know that I do. Even though I still don’t really know who “they” are, but that’s another story. But back to my point, they say that there is something great that happens when you spend a lot of time and repeat visits to familiar areas. The familiarity helps you to get the “standard” compositions and photographs out of the way so you can get down to the real fun stuff.

You know, the fun stuff when you start noticing how at different times of the year the light has a different quality to it or that the shadows and light dance in a glowing masterpiece on a foggy day rather than in harsh contrast to each other on a sunny day. The fun stuff. That is where the magic happens and if you are lucky enough to be there at the right time and you don’t get in your own way and mess things up by overthinking, you can walk away with a pocket full of beautiful new photographs fit to be hung on the wall to enjoy for years. Or at least until your overly critical mind attacks your own work yet again and you start to despise the photo because you are your own worst critic and you believe yourself when you start to point out all the flaws in the image and decide to replace it with your most recent masterpiece…but I digress, again a topic for another time.

This is a series of photographs I took over a couple days earlier this fall from the Sturgeon River Trail, a local cross-country ski trail by winter and a beautiful hiking trail when there is no snow. Most of these photos were created in a section of pines along the trail that is less than a half mile long, proving that when you stop to look around and take time to step off the path and look at things from another angle the world opens up for you.

Enjoy my walk through Middle Earth, a beautiful set of Autumn Days in Northern Minnesota in the pines.

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