LAST SUMMER IN THE MYSTERY WOODS 

Music Resource Center 

May 5th-28th 2017

The Mystery Woods is a place where my wife and dogs and I have been walking in for many years. It was late summer when we first got there. We wandered in through the back of a tony sub-division that had its proper sounding name gold leafed on its sign next to a coat of arms. In the woods one trail led to another and soon we were walking along side a 200 year old stone wall that cut up a hill.

As summer turned to fall and plants and life and growth retreated we found more artifacts of people who had once lived in those woods but are long gone now: stone foundations, a family cemetery, parts of cars, a field full of shoes grown over with moss. We found all the trash that was thrown out behind houses and never decomposed: jars, washtubs, teapots, bottles— rusted metal and glass things.

When the summer returned, the forest floor grew back, hiding these mysteries. And so our eyes turned to new mysteries— the plants and animals and mushrooms that lived in the forest.

We walked the woods almost every single day, for years, slowly becoming accustomed to its rhythms.

Last May my wife gave birth to our daughter. She couldn’t go to the woods for a while afterwards. So I went, every morning, always with my camera, so I could show her what was happening in the Mystery Woods while she wasn’t there to see it. These are some of those pictures.

Aaron Farrington,

Charlottesville, 2017

Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, red eff, newt, panorama
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Lady Slippers, Pine Forest
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, red eff, newt
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, toad
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Ghost Pipes,
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Mushroom
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, Turtle
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, red eff, newt
Charlottesville, , To the End of the World Pictures,Mystery Woods, environment, environmental portrait, Aaron Farrington, Virginia, Nature, Panorama, child
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