Eric deer hunted at Tom's this morning and I joined them for lunch and the afternoon hunt. We had up to nine doe at a time on the feed plot, but alas, no antlers. He will have one more chance in the morning on his way home. I will get up at 0330 with him and leave for the Sturgeon River Canyon about a half hour after he leaves. Not a place to wander around until it is daylight, due to the sheer drops from cliffs to the river below. Where I photograph there will all depend on the snow and footing. May hit the big lake and the porkies on the way home. It is about a two hour drive to the gorge.
“Under all of the factors that make up the art world, it’s up to the individual artist to discern which of those influences are present and at what time and what really serves the deeper process that is constantly running like a stream underground. Influence is incessant. Influence is a fact. But, carry a big shovel and dig constantly to clear away all the unessentials so that the origins of mystery and the poetic force of life can get into and inspire the work.” – Paul Caponigro