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Into (Guy) Woods – Part 2

Some of you may remember our Into The Woods post from July in which we profiled our friends, hikers Bugsy and Sweet Tooth, who spent a fun-filled night regaling us with stories from the Appalachian Trail.  Well, they’re baaaaack…

sweet-tooth-and-bugsy

and they brought lots of pretty pictures of flowers!  Rather than try to attempt naming these beauties and given that we weren’t on the trail to see them first hand, we thought it might be nice to hear from Sweet Tooth (a.k.a. Guy Woods) in his own words.

branches-and-ice

“The photos are in chronological order, so you can see the seasons and landscapes changing.  The first photo, which was taken atop Springer Mountain the first day on the trail, shows bare branches covered in ice crystals (guess even Georgia had a cold winter this year!)  Initially, we saw mainly tiny wildflowers starkly set against the still bare forest floor.”

spring-flowers

wild-iris

cherry-blossoms

honeysuckle

“As summer progressed everything became lusher, and the photos that look green are from Virginia northward.  Late summer saw a palette shift to the yellows and oranges of daisies and asters…

tulip-tree

orange-flower

buttercup

and then, as we entered New Hampshire and continued into Maine, we encountered windswept alpine tundra where the color was as likely to come from lichens and mosses as from the gorgeous and often tiny wildflowers tucked into sheltered crevices in the granite.”

scabiosa

blue-bells

“I started out putting captions on all the photos, but it seemed like they took something away from the natural beauty.  I decided I preferred them as I’d seen them in the wilderness, standing alone without any need for human commentary.”

wild-lady-slipper

“So much of what we now think of as nature turns out to be some type of a garden or landscape designed by a human hand.  Seeing nature in an unfiltered state was refreshing and inspiring for me, and I hope you find some inspiration in it as well.”

If you’ve liked what you read here, then perhaps you might like to see what Guy is up to these days… writing a blog, of course, for anyone trying to change careers, go on an adventure, or otherwise chase a dream.

Photos by Guy Woods (and his bride, Angela)

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kelly Dunn November 3, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Botanical gardens are always a favorite visit for me, so this little tour was great! Flowers…they just don’t need anything do they?! I love the chrono order and the yellow splash was an outstanding group 🙂 I will check out their blog XO!

  • Reply The Zhush November 3, 2010 at 6:53 am

    That Guy is so inspiring….not to mention an amazing photographer! And while I can not ever see myself doing something like this, I think this couple’s drastic “steps” across the Appalachian Trail really could be a metaphor for taking a leap of faith in life and literally living outside the comfort zone sometimes. Will check out Guy’s blog for sure, as I find his whole story so completely compelling!

  • Reply lauren November 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

    oh, always wanted to try the AT. i hear it is pretty amazing. the flowers look gorgeous… maybe if i can’t make it the states- it’s good inspiration to Ryan Air to Switzerland. 🙂

  • Reply pretty pink tulips November 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I think Guy’s blog might be on it’s way to becoming a book! These photos are stunning and I love seeing things in the chronological order. You can see the beauty and brilliance in nature. So happy Bugsy and Sweet Tooth made a return appearance! xoxo E

  • Reply quintessence November 3, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Agree with both zhush and pretty pink tulips – inspiring story and beautiful photos – way too much walking for me – glad someone else was there to do it for me and be my eyes!

  • Reply hip hip gin gin November 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Gorgeous photos! The image of the little blue flowers with the stones in the background is breathtaking. Will definitely be checking out Guy’s blog.

  • Reply Guy Woods November 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    So cool to see my pictures on your site. Thanks for writing about me. It’s great to have friends like you to share adventures with.

  • Reply mydesignchic November 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Incredible photographs…thanks for sharing!

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