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Living Reef

I find the intricate patterns of shadow and light on Merchants Millpond endlessly fascinating. They are layered one upon another like a living reef. The rough bark of bald cypress etched like a medieval woodcut, the water like a stone engraving, even the Spanish moss a tangle of shadow and light like a net strung from a tree limb to catch the wind.

The millpond seems a place outside of time. Perhaps time simply moves more slowly there. The cypress trees measure their thoughts by seasons and their lives by centuries. Night follows day, winter follows summer, and the earth turns dispassionately in its dance around the sun. In the presence of such duration, my preoccupations seem inconsequential.

If we had the Japanese sensibility, Merchants Millpond would be enshrined as a national treasure.


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Our archival quality images are printed on Moab Exhibition paper using Canon Lucia inks, providing lustrous reproducttions with a board color gamut that resists aging. For more information on the technology used, see our page on print quality.

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Sound Rivers

Five percent of the profits from all sales on this site are donated to Sound Rivers, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the quality of rivers on the Carolina coastal plain.

Living Reef


The enduring grain of water tupelo and bald cypress, distinct as fingerprints, stands in contrast to the transient fall colors on Merchants Millpond, NC.

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