|Elm Brook - the glowing shoreline beneath the view|
October 17, 2015
I grew up near the shoulder of Mt. Wachusett. Knowing that I can still climb a hill in tree-covered Concord and find my bearings in its undulating profile feels inexplicably grounding and thrilling. While photographing Elm Brook today along a Concord Land Conservation Trust trail, not far from home, I took a short detour up the clearcut slopes of Pine Hill and found the perspective I was seeking, framed in autumn color. Later, I went looking for visual profiles of Wachusett on line, without success. Then I returned to Thoreau's Journal, knowing he kept chronicles of his viewings from various tree-cleared high points in town - Fairhaven Hill, Emerson's Cliff, Lee's Cliff hill facing west. Low and behold, just what I was seeking, a simple but perfectly rendered silhouette as only he could do...