Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word

Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word

“…Remember, whatever comes next, we have walked here.”– Excerpt “On Peter’s Hill” Guran, River Tracks, 2007

 “Together, poet Holly Guran and photographer Philip McAlary have witnessed the continuous inspiration of the Arboretum. Their nature- focused images and words complement each other, melding sight, sound, and mind. Frequent walks in the landscape were the influence and force behind this collaboration uniting McAlary’s vibrant images with Guran’s thoughtful words.

Holly Guran, author of the chapbooks River Tracks (Poets Corner Press), Mothers’ Trails (Noctiluca Press), and the forthcoming River Full of Bones (Iris Press), earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in 2012.

Philip L. McAlary studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. His photos have appeared on websites including Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wagner Society of Boston, and Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts."

As quoted from the Arnold Arboretum website Events page for our collaborative exhibition in the Hunnewell Building in Jamaica Plain (June 5-September 13, 2015).

Artists at Work

Artists at Work

Two artists are sketching the Spring scenery from the base of Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.Their dog is resting while enjoying the view.

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

View from the top of Peters Hill in Mid-Spring at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University located in Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

Barry

Barry

My good friend and neighbor Barry standing within the branches of a sumac tree in the autumn. This photo was taken in the beautiful Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Roslindale (Boston), MA.

Sun

Sun

A poem by Holly Guran. The background image is of Skunk Cabbage flowering in the Spring.

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

A skunk cabbage flowering in early spring before the green leaves have sprouted.

Caught

Caught

An autumn maple leaf driven by the breeze and caught by the great iron gate  at the entrance to the Arnold Arboretum on Mendum Street, Roslindale, MA.

Birch Bark and Seeds

Birch Bark and Seeds

Looking closely I discovered the tiny seeds trapped in the roughness of the birch bark scar. Since this photograph was taken the birch tree has been cut down and removed. The impermanence of life.

Locust Seedpods

Locust Seedpods

Photograph taken on a November day while walking under the collection of Locust trees on the side of Peters Hill in the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA. I am drawn to the color, shape and form of these seed pods, some of which are a foot long.

Bussey Brook, Arnold Arboretum

Bussey Brook, Arnold Arboretum

Visitors enjoying Bussey Brook in the Arnold Arboretum

Frozen Crabapples

Frozen Crabapples

Frozen crabapples after snowfall in mid-March. A granular snow covers the ground and part of the crabapple surfaces.

Boston Skyline, May

Boston Skyline, May

Photographed from the top of Peters Hill located in the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA. The city of Boston skyline is in the far distance.

Pollinating Cones

Pollinating Cones

Leaves in Ice

Leaves in Ice

Leaves frozen into the ice atop a vernal pool.  This abstract image was made with two or more images layered together and then color was added in some areas.

Abandoned Gym Shoe

Abandoned Gym Shoe

An old style gym shoe in process of decay found in the abandoned stone quarry in the Arnold Arboretum

Arboretum Inspiration

Published on Aug 21, 2015

This video is about "Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word" a photography and poetry collaboration by poet Holly Guran and photographer Philip L. McAlary. This exhibition was on display June 6 through September 13, 2015 at the Hunnewell Building of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University located in Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Pink Suit

Pink Suit

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Symmes Street during Blizzard

Symmes Street during Blizzard

Taken during a blizzard in Boston, Massachusetts. Many of the snow-covered cars on the street are beginning to disappear.

Elderly Man at Work

Elderly Man at Work

My brother in law, in his early 80's, sorting out tools in his garage.

Nash Farm, Clarksville, Michigan

Nash Farm, Clarksville, Michigan

My cousins farm. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years. Some of my most favorite times as a child were visiting relatives  and playing at the farm.

Green Fiberglass Window

Green Fiberglass Window

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Lucky

Lucky

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Barn with Christmas Wreath

Barn with Christmas Wreath

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Satellite Annex Garage

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My Kim Nails

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Abandoned Water Structure

Abandoned Water Structure

This old structure is located next to the Otter Creek River in Middlebury, Vermont.

Abandoned Mill on Otter Creek River

Abandoned Mill on Otter Creek River

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White Warehouse Green Window

White Warehouse Green Window

An old warehouse in Marion, New York.

Barn and Tree

Barn and Tree

Black and White study of a barn in Marion, New York.

Barn with Hex Sign

Barn with Hex Sign

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Entropic Barn

Entropic Barn

An old barn collapsed and is  slowly being overgrown by vines. An antique glass paneled door has been propped in front of the structure. Located in Marion, N.Y.

Texaco Fire Chief Gas Pump

Texaco Fire Chief Gas Pump

Antique gas pump standing in the front yard of an old brick dwelling  located in Marion, N.Y.

Red Store Front

Red Store Front

Full of character, this old cobblestone building is located in Palmyra, New York.

Blue Store Front

Blue Store Front

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Pretty Nail, Pretty Building

Pretty Nail, Pretty Building

Pink and Orange "Pretty Nail" located in Oswego, New York.

Orang Sherbert Doors

Orang Sherbert Doors

Orange Sherbert Doors, Oswego, New York, 2014. The American flag is reflected in the window of one of the doors.