ECU, or extreme close-up images have always been fun photo challenges for me because of the opportunity to bring others into the tiny detail that for some reason cannot escape my eye.

My boyhood home in small-town Ohio was just a block away from ‘the woods’ in one direction, and also less than a block away from the boyhood home of the painter Charles Burchfield.

In the 60+ years between his formative years and mine, I doubt if there was much difference in the wooded areas that surround Salem.

Here is the Wiki page for Charles; protectors of his legacy are understandably touchy about unauthorized re-posting:
(so I will resist)

The places where I spent endless Summer days as a child are reflected in the following, new images, the same love of nature that also inspired a true American master.