When the Pilgrims wrote home of the woodlands they encountered, they spoke of an Eden. The impression was created at least in part by the natives' occasional burning of the undergrowth to improve hunting.

Entering the fifth century after their settlement, New England approaches a final buildout of the natural setting that will determine the essential character of its future. The purpose here is to re-imagine New England and its relationship with nature to see more clearly the choices for the region. And in reflecting our past, to find what we cherish today, the fundamental connection to place and history.

In the examination of the special places of this older and familiar area, the photography asks not only what to preserve, but the motivation. The depiction is less to walk where Thoreau walked than to reflect that consciousness: deliberate, simple, with traces of the transcendent.

It's an intimate portrait, full of reverence.