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Deep Woods

Cherry Run
Beaufort County, NC

Awarded Best in Show at the 2021 Arts of the Pamlico juried photography exhibition.

This day – June 23, 2021 – and this photograph changed everything.

I had paddled Cherry Run before in winter but low water prevented me from accessing the upper reaches of the creek. This was the first day I entered what seemed a pristine wilderness, even if a pocket wilderness.

Sunlight slanted through the thick canopy and transfixed a single bald cypress. I realized I was no longer just taking pictures. I was bearing witness to the beauty of the world, the lowly, wet places mostly shunned or despised.

“To see! To see!—” Joseph Conrad wrote in his autobiography The Mirror of the Sea, “this is the craving of the sailor, as of the rest of blind humanity.”

Conrad wasn’t talking about tourism. The act of seeing is transcendent. It takes us outside ourselves and into the world. Seeing the world helps us find our place in it. I’ve come to believe that, if humanity has a purpose, it’s to bear witness to the beauty of the world.

The only mention of Cherry Run I could find anywhere is flood control for the town of Washington, a path for heavy runoff to reach the Tar River. At best, it’s valued as a drainage ditch.

That single cypress tree in sunlight showed me it was infinitely more. A halo of light is characteristic of many religious icons. What serves a saint might also serve a bald cypress.


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Deep Woods


Sunlight penetrates the deep woods on Cherry Run to illuminate the trunk of a bald cypress like a saint in religious iconography.

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