Pagami Creek Fire – A Landscape Transformed

In early June I had the chance to paddle through the northern part of the Pagami Creek fire, which raged through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area last September.   Seeing the fire damage evoked a range of emotions as the burn is both stunning and saddening in its stark beauty.  The landscape and topography are revealed as the fire peeled back the vegetation leaving rocks and tree skeletons behind.  The ability of the vegetation to begin to recover was uplifting.  I especially liked the electric green of the first wave of plants re-colonizing the burned landscape.  There were gorgeous blooming flowers I haven’t seen in years and tree suckers growing from the base of charred trees.  It will be interesting to see how the area  continues to change in the coming years.

Jenni & Dennis {engaged)

Being in front of a pro photographer’s camera can be intimidating for many people (including myself).  Engagement sessions are a great way for me and a couple to get used to working together and to figure out what works best for everyone.

During Jenni & Dennis’ session I was reminded how important “play” is for helping to relax in front of the camera.  It’s about finding out what kind of fun or play works for each couple.  In Jenni and Dennis’ case, stumbling on a hilariously out-of-place photoshoot of a woman and man with a large bow and arrow provided all the comic relief we needed.

We ended up with tons of great photos from our walk through Wirth Park.   See if you can tell which photos were taken after we came upon the bow and arrow scene.   Bottom line, I can’t wait to photograph their wedding – it’s going to be fun!