All that remains

We’ve gotten pretty serious around here lately so I thought I’d share a real short photo essay with you to lighten things up a bit. Sometimes photography is about nothing more than exploring and having fun, that’s the goal of this article. No deep meanings and no long winded thoughts, just a simple group of photos for the joy of it.

Have you ever been out exploring in the woods and come across artifacts from days gone by?

Over the course of the last month I have made sure to take some time each weekend to get out hiking in search of whitetail deer sheds. During those hikes I’ve come across a number of different remnants of days gone by, be it evidence of other people or wildlife.

These treasures may eventually become the short-hand descriptions of places that otherwise have no real name. Most importantly, they give you a glimpse into the history of a place that you may not otherwise see.

Be it man made or all natural, these are all that remains of days gone by.

The old busted up deer stands that now hang with reckless abandon from the trees they were built in aren’t always easy to find. Even more difficult are the feathers, bones, and even abandoned homes of the wildlife that inhabit these woods. They are pages from a history book scattered throughout these northern Minnesota woods.

While the photos of an old deer stand may be boring to some, they fill me with wonder at what they have been witness to over the years. I imagine the stories created by the hunters that spent countless hours sitting in a frozen silence for a chance at the elusive buck of a lifetime. I think of the stories passed down, from one generation to the next, about the one that got away. These old stands remind me of all the stories that have been passed down to me from my Dad, Uncles, and Grandpa. They remind me to make sure and keep passing those stories down to my own children.

While it may sound silly, these old stands serve as a sort of historical monument worth taking a moment of silence at. In those moments I like to pay respect to all the generations of hunters that came before me and so willingly passed on a love of the outdoors.

One of my favorite treasures are the natural remains I’m fortunate enough to find. Things like a small birds nest nestled just off the ground in the brush, a whitetail deer shed dropped over winter, a feather of a bird passing over head and even an old jaw bone from a whitetail deer that wasn’t fortunate enough to make it through a long winter. All are beautiful in their own way, equally treasured and enjoyed when I happen to find them.

Here is all that remains…

I hope you’ve enjoyed this short photo essay about some of the treasures I’ve been finding in nature. All that remains is likely an ongoing series that I will add to in future posts as I know I have already made a large number of photos documenting these types of finds. Of course I see no reason to stop creating photos of all that remains going forward either, if only just for my own enjoyment.

In the coming weeks I hope to start a series of articles about creativity and inspiration when it comes to photography, particularly when it comes from other artistic fields such as music, writing and more. Stay tuned for those and I’d love to hear from you so be sure to hit that contact button in the menu above and drop me a line to say hello!

Gear Notes

All photos were created with a Fuji X Series cameras and lenses.

Images all processed in Lightroom Classic with the Rebecca Lily Premium Color Grading Pro Set IV system as my base for all of my custom processing.

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