“The importance of conserving our natural resources is now well recognized. Cannot it be truly said that these natural wild beautiful valleys and glens which lie adjacent to our rapidly growing urban centers are a kind of ‘natural resource’ of ever increasing value to the public?”
— William A. Stinchcomb, (speaking to the Cleveland City Council in 1909)
There is no better therapy for a photographer than the wonder of nature.
The “emerald necklace” that is the Cleveland Metroparks system has always been one of my favorite places to lose myself in. As I was growing up in Rocky River, Ohio, the “valley” offered many recreational activities. Now, when returning for visits, hiking and photography are always therapeutic.
The Cleveland Metroparks were founded in 1917, the brainchild of the park system’s first director, William Stinchcomb.
“In a snap, or small portion of time, all that the camera can consume in breadth and bite and light is rendered in astonishing detail: all the leaves on a tree, as well as the tree itself and all its surroundings.” – Lee Friedlander