Specks of light in the Mohn Road landscape last night as I approached my Catskills home. Not fireflies in late September, but dozens of deer.
I arrived at the barn, went out back and shook the apples tree branches, fruit falling all around for the deers' breakfast.
This morning I noticed a deer bed on the other side of the fence, in the neighbor's field of goldenrod. I went down to the woods and though I didn't see any, I felt their presence. The vast bed of ferns, yellowing now, are zigzagged with their walking trails. I followed one path south along the stream, and saw another one that leads down the bank to the water. Innocent, free, beautiful animals. I am grateful to share the land with them. Inspired by the CEB quote you read to me yesterday in the description for the Water show you're curating, I paused and listed to the stream's sound.
Janelle Lynch is the 2013 Burchfield resident artist. She has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the Burchfield Penney, George Eastman House Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, the Fundación Vila Casas, Barcelona, and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Salta, Argentina.