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Stone Steps

Stone Steps. Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Maon 2015.

Stone Steps. Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 35 mm. ISO 200. 1/60 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Maon 2015.

Stone steps near an old house at the edge of the woods, overgrown with weeds – A scene that conveys mystery and  a sense of the unknown. I like to imagine what kind of life went on, see the people and their activities, when the steps were not overgrown.

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Path

Path. Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 32 mm. ISO 400. 1/200 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Path. Nikon D7100. 17-55 mm Nikkor at 32 mm. ISO 400. 1/200 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Here is a path in the woods, a wooden walkway over a swampy ground, thick foliage on either side, bright sun casting shadows in deep forest.

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Stones (Wall)

Stones (Wall). Fuji X100. 23 mm. IO 400. 1/200 sec @ f/3.2. Copyright Joanne Mason.

Stones (Wall). Fuji X100. 23 mm. IO 400. 1/200 sec @ f/3.2. Copyright Joanne Mason.

I have a thing for stone walls. I have loads of pictures of them. The woods of New England are crisscrossed with countless stone walls, most of them remnants of earlier times when the land was farms and cultivated fields.(This stone wall has been rebuilt somewhat.) Many believe that New England’s stone walls were built by early farmers in the colonial period, but in fact stone wall building was much later, peaking during the 18th and 19th Centuries. “The history, science and poetry of New England’s stone walls” is an excellent, interesting and informative site about the stones walls of New England.

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Rocks and Moss in Winter

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Rocks and Moss in Winter. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/150 sec at f/2.8. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

This image incorporates a variety of textures to be found in the barren winter woods. The scene projects a feeling of life waiting in otherwise hostile environs to return in the spring inevitably to come.

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Meditation 3: Stone Path

Stone Path. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/180 sec at f/8.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Stone Path. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. 1/180 sec at f/8.0. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Where does a stone path in the woods lead us? Into an unknown place? Deeper into the woods? Into a wilderness? Clearly, we are meant to go there, for why else wood a path have been laid? (Click image for larger.)

 

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Meditation 2

Meditation 2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Meditation 2. Copyright Joanne Mason 2015.

Sometimes the path is prepared for us. But where it leads may still be unknown and hidden in mystery.

Photo data: Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 200. Multiple exposures at f/11 combined.

 

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