IWLA: Spring Cleaning

It was an early Saturday morning, as I hopped out of my truck at the Izaak Walton League’s Doc Holden Conservation Farm. A light mist had come and gone earlier this morning, leaving behind a watery haze in the air. The chapter house was teeming with activity as everyone got organized into small armies to tackle their respective jobs on the farm.

Handshakes, good-mornings, and laughter mixed in with the smell of cigarettes and coffee – the morning was starting off on the right foot. As the work crews slowly lumbered away, I was left by myself and my camera.I stood and listened to the tractors start and the jabbering of old men seemed to echo in my ears. I smiled, gathered my equipment, and started my Tacoma.

It was time for some spring cleaning.

Throughout the day, I hectically drove around the farm, romping around in the mud trying to capture all these amazing moments. Tree plantings, trail maintenance, and the list goes on. The banging of mallets, a tractor slowly making it’s way down the field, or a shared laugh between two hard-working people. It was truly a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Wet, tired, and hungry, I sat in my truck at the end of the work day and scrolled through the pictures…

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