Theme 1 - October 04, 2005

A short while ago, I was listening to a lot of music which probably counts as ambient. Mostly stuff done from the late 80's through mid 90's. I found that it was great music to listen to as I worked on photography. So I went looking for more and decided to go to the source: Eno. I bought "Music for Films" and a couple of others. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. But I've been haunted by it. Particularly the final track "Final Sunset."

I had that piece going through my head through much of our hike last weekend. It hit me in a way I can't quite describe.

There was one point during our hike that we entered the Lye Brook Wilderness. There was a point on the trail where we could see a clearing. Which usually is something I like. After hiking through miles of overgrown forest, I always appreciate a good meadow or even a marsh. Out of the woods, as it were...

But in this case, the boundary marking the beginning of the Lye Brook Wilderness was marked by a scene of utter devastation. "Ground Zero" Jess and I called it. In a recent storm, hundreds of trees had been blown down in this one spot. It was presumably because this was marshland and the trees there were dead and/or rotten and had little to block the wind. The trail itself was barely visible except for where the trail maintenance folks had cut through a few of the trees piled on top of one another to make the trail at least passable.

That scene had an impact. And "Final Sunset" continued going through my head. Particularly into the rather primeval forest which followed. I've been haunted by that song, and by the album in general. It's exquisite and Eno deserves every bit of fame he has accumulated...


This sure is one fantastic slow shutter night shots. Perfect location selection.

Posted by: ROB on October 5, 2005 06:47 AM