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Cherry Run
Beaufort County, NC

Robinson Jeffers wrote of “the free companies of windy grasses.” It’s a phrase that has resonated with me for years. On Cherry Run, the free companies roam the wetlands, occupying every foot of earth not owned by a tree or shrub.

This is one of my favorite images of a riverine swamp in the Carolina coastal plain. There is something mesmerizing about it, a visual meditation.

Perhaps it’s the subtle textures of light, the bright shafts of sunlight and the receding shadows, the tangle of shadow and light.

This scene was a privilege to witness like someone telling me a deeply personal story about themselves, an intimate truth. It’s utterly candid.

It might seem strange to talk about a place as if it had personality, even agency, as if it could choose to reveal or conceal itself. No doubt I’m guilty of anthropomorphizing nature but is that a sin? You can choose to believe that nature is inert matter randomly arranged by time and chance, but that belief also has consequences. It leads to living on a scorched earth stripped of sanctity.


Print Quality

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.

The images on this site have been highly compressed to speed page loading. Some artifacts from the process may be visible but the image files used for printing are high resolution.

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.


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