Here is a link to the Boston Globe article in today’s paper: Globe Article
I posted the photo above because its a sunset and because photography is a passion I share with great people. Bradford Washburn took photos of mountains from above them while hanging out of an airplane. I take photos of natural beauty in my town, within steps of my home. (This one is another of Forge Pond/Beaver Brook) Makes me feel very small but the photography we share keeps me feeling just a little closer to the great man.
My wife Aurora and I saw him and his wife Barbara speak at a meeting of the Photographic Historical Society of New England back in 1992 when I was a member. He was 82 and spoke for 2 hours – standing – showing dozens of slides from throughout his long career. He spoke so eloquently and knew so much detail about each slide — it was breath taking.
We still have the signed photo of Brad and Barbara taken on the top of Mount Bertha made during the couple’s assent of that mountain — the first recorded one.
As a man and as a couple these people are without peer. Bradford Washington’s spirit will continue to live in the wild places of earth and the hearts of men and women.