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Influence of the outdoors

Influence of the Outdoors - Lake of the Isles sunset

Nature definitely has its influence on my work. Whenever I spend any amount of time outside I love to take it all in — the color and depth of the sky, the movement of clouds, the way tree branches hang down or protrude up, the colors in the clouds as the sun sets, the way green foliage looks against a deep blue sky. I frequently walk to the lakes near our apartment and study everything about the landscape there — the shapes of the lakes themselves from different vantage points, the ripples in the water (or the smooth, glassy surface on a windless day), the bunching of lily pads on the surface, the way the tall grasses and wildflowers move in the breeze along the shore.

Here are a few shots from recent walks around the neighborhood:

Influence of the Outdoors - clouds

Influence of the Outdoors - ginkgo tree

Influence of the Outdoors - Minneapolis summer sunset

Influence of the Outdoors - muddy creek

Influence of the Outdoors - trees and sky

Influence of the Outdoors - Lake of the Isles

Influence of the Outdoors - Lake of the Isles

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Mount Auburn Cemetery

One of my favorite places in the Boston area is Mount Auburn Cemetery. It’s a beautiful place (the first landscaped cemetery in the country!) that is full of unusual and exotic trees, wildlife (hawks, turkeys, turtles, toads), and of course graves – some famous such as Isabella Stewart Gardner and Mary Baker Eddy. Every time I go there I discover something new. When I walked through on this particular day, the sky was clear and crisp and the fall colors were vibrant.

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery