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The tree population at Matthaei Botanical Gardens has thinned out in part I believe caused by invasive species like the Emerald Ash Borer. My first visit to the gardens was 20 years ago when the trees were plentiful and healthy. It saddens me now to walk around and see so many dead trees and open space.

I’ve always felt drawn to the woods even as a kid. Growing up I was fortunate to live near a forest and would play there often. After reading a book called The Hollowing  by Robert Holdstock I felt a stronger pull from the woods. Driving down any country road I see the dark entrance to a forest as a magical place.

This image was taken early in the year when the limbs are bare on most trees still.

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