It’s time for the annual Morton Arboretum Photographic Society Exhibit! This is the eighth year of this prestigious nature photography juried exhibit and I’m proud to say that all three of my submitted images were granted entry. This exhibit is on display Saturday-Sunday April 27 & 28, 10-4. Join me at the Artists Reception Friday night from 5-8 pm (entry to the Arboretum is free at that time to all who attend the exhibit).
Mystic Warrior. This serious Native American Warrior and his clown of a horse are each only a few inches tall. They took shape as lichen on a pine branch and live at The Ridges preserve, Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin. I was walking through the magnificent pines and cedars of The Ridges preserve in Baileys Harbor when a voice said “Look at me! Over here!” I was looking for something large and grand “No, smaller,” the voice said. He had a great deal of humor to his vocal cadence so I kept looking smaller…and smaller…until I discovered this clown of a horse, looking out into the wetland around him. Above was a very handsome and serious Native American warrior, whose hair and headdress were quite ornate. We had a good time communing with each other as I photographed them from several angles!
Cedar Spirit. This venerable Chinese scholar is only 4 inches tall but helps hold deep wisdom energy from his cedar stump, located in a small alcove next to a Council Ring where people come regularly to meditate and discuss community matters. The Council Ring is a significant communications area at The Clearing, a folk school founded by the renowned architect Jens Jensen and located on a Wisconsin bluff overlooking Lake Superior.
Mystic Musician. Emerging from the misty inner worlds are these nature spirits, assembled for a performance by a long-haired flutist. These nature spirits live in Central Park, New York City. There’s the long-haired musician/nature spirit on his flute, a rabbit, a preppy whistler dressed in bow-tie and cap, a birdman and a gnome.
The Morton Arboretum is located in Lisle, Illinois. It is one of the premier arboretums in the U.S.A. with tree species from around the world. The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society specializes in nature photography.