Photography Heaven

Photograph by Catherine M. Weber. All rights reserved.

Model with All Things Sparkley by Chelsea Bradway. Photograph by Donna Moore-Wright. All right reserved.

Yesterday, on a perfect August day, ten professional and amateur photographers participated in Creating Your Vision, a photography workshop run by photographer David Lee Black. Black arranged for models to pose in the woods at Beals Preserve, including three dancers (Meredith Wells, Maddie Murray, and Rachael Plattus) and two young girls (Elspeth (age 11) and Gwyneth Robertson-DuBois (age 6)). The little girls wore butterfly wings and posed as woodland fairies, while the other models struck poses of all kinds and with multiple costume changes, using the Art on the Trails installations as their backdrop. All the while, the photographers followed along to catch some magical moments with their cameras. 

Gwyneth Robertson-DuBois playing woodland fairy. Photograph by Allison Rose. All rights reserved.

You can see more of what they captured on David’s Facebook page.

The inquisitive and charming Nicholas Rose (age 6) was the youngest photographer among them. Photograph by Joni Lohr. All rights reserved.

 Two more events are scheduled in September:
Sudbury Valley Trustees walk
September 16th, 10 – 11:30 am
Park at Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Walk across Rte 30 to main entrance, meet at the kiosk. 
Closing Event: Plein Air Poetry and Moving Celebration
Sunday, September 24th, 4-6 pm
Park at Chestnut Hill Farm, meet at the kiosk. During our final event, follow along the trail and listen to poets read their work near the art that inspired it.

Finding Joy: Visiting Art on the Trails With Children

Abby Carlson looking at Avalonia by Crystal Blanchflower

One day last week, parts of Metrowest saw sudden torrential downpours. The rain was blinding, especially if you were driving as I was. It’s times like these that I worry about the installations at Beals Preserve. While they have been built with all weather conditions in mind, I still worry.

So, the next day, Lucy and I went to check on the installations. The first thing I noticed was the trail leading from the Red Gate Lane entrance was washed bare of leaves and pine needles. It was washed bare of pretty much everything that wasn’t embedded in the soil.
As I approached the first installation, I saw that the Tree Wrap by Hadley Horner was perfectly intact. It has been growing every week, when new visitors come and contribute their own yarn wrapping. I moved on and looked at each installation carefully. Everything was in perfect condition. I enjoyed seeing that milk weed has grown up around Greg Barry’s Heartwood pedestal, which makes the sculpture appear to be planted there as he had hoped. I also noticed that the trail maps have been depleted in both trail map holders, which tells me that we have had a lot of visitors.

Abby, Elly, and Lucy running through the woods.

Later in the week, I gave a tour to Southborough resident Kristen Carlson and her two daughters, Abby, age 4 and Elly, age 2. Once I explained that each installation has a sign marking its location, the girls ran from one to the next, like they were on a magical scavenger hunt. Their excitement and joy made my day.

Isaac working on his own Tree Wrap project.



A few weeks earlier, another visitor from Southborough, Marion Ross, brought her 6 year old grandson Isaac to Tree Wrap. He told her, “I had so much fun making it so I think people will like looking at it.”

I will be offering tours to all sorts of groups this summer and invite anyone interested to join me.