When it comes to photographing the landscape of the upper midwest, one of the most compelling aspects for me is the geographic diversity. Not many people realize it, but Minnesota is the crossroads of three distinct biomes: The first and most recognizable is the northern glacial lakes, which sweep down from Canada in the footprint of the last ice age. The second is the big woods, providing hardwood savanna that spills over the eastern border from Wisconsin. And the third biome is the vast open prairie that begins inland and spreads west as far as the eye can see.
The day I photographed Maple Marsh Lake, I was exploring the rolling hills and glacial lakes on a ranch near the Twin Cities metro area. Lakes are abundant in Minnesota, but I was intrigued by the stark contrast against the open grassland, and the simple placement of a singular hardwood tree. For me, this photograph captures the unique essence of the transitional Minnesota landscape, and how each of the three major biomes can unite in one graceful image: Hardwood tree, glacial lake, open prairie.
Photograph Date: 2012
Medium: Chromogenic Print