"The Tree In Me", Photographs by Howard Brunner
I’ve loved trees all of my life. I had the great good fortune to grow up on a Pennsylvania farm with a wide variety of trees adjacent to our house. We also had a small bit of wild woods on one corner of our property. I built tree houses, and ate the pears, apples, cherries, and black walnuts they provided. I had 5 younger brothers and we would climb and swing from the trees like monkeys. I’m much too old, brittle (and sensible) to attempt climbing them anymore, but I do still climb them with my eyes. I have never lost my boyish, joyous fascination, and appreciation of trees. I photograph trees to convey those feelings. For me, photographing a tree is an act of love and gratitude.