About David Carter

I've spent my life wandering the woods because it is there I feel most at peace. It is there I feel more at home that any man-made construct could offer. It is only there that I find the much needed respite from the weight of living.

I love watching the seasons change and listening to the leaves sheering in the wind of an approaching storm. I love tucking in my hands weaving through thickets of thorns and letting them go again to brush against the soft grains of the river oats. I love rock hoping the creeks and wading through the narrow trails of the deer.

I don't mind digging the spider webs out of my eyes for the umpteen millionth time. I don't mind dabbing the sweat from my face with the brim of a soaking hat. I don't even mind the bite of the mist that seems to continually rush across the rocky peaks at night.

My life has been filled with long hours walking the wilds. Oh it's held other things too, but mostly I like to remember miles and miles in muddy boots.

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The pursuit of photography came from a desire to share that appreciation of nature with others. Beauty can be found almost anywhere in nature, not just the crowded national parks with towering granite cliffs and waterfalls that blow away into mist long before they reach the ground.

Local natural areas have much to offer if you take the time to look. From the osprey, eagles, and cormorants of Jordan Lake to the vulture hatchlings stumbling around the derelict barns of Falls Lake. Sculpted sycamore roots, mossy rocks, and fern covered fallen trees lie in wait at the Eno, while native lilies, may apples, jack in the pulpits, and many others greet each spring throughout the Northeast Creek basin.

My goal is to show the feel of these incredible scenes. Nature is complicated and sensory filling and it can be difficult to photograph, but it's a challenge I'm drawn to. Succeed or fail, I enjoy the pursuit.

I don't think it's possible to convey in a collection of images the essence of nature, so I strive instead to remind people of that feeling of awe and connection to the natural world.

Like everyone else my time in this world is fleeting. This is how I choose to spend it.

"They weren't cows inside. They were waiting to be, but they forgot. Now they see sky, and they remember what they are." -River Tam, Firefly

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