An Escape to Nature

Just days before Hurricane Sandy hit, a few of Polaris Project’s clients set out for a hike with staff members to enjoy the golds, oranges, and reds of the autumn leaves. A true escape to nature.

Before the hike began, each participant selected a quote or poem from a bag. The images here reflect a few of the selected poems or quotes as the photographer understands them.

The words of Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, John Muir, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and more inspired everyone as they began their walk. The cameras quickly emerged, and everyone sought to capture the beauty of the river, rocks, trees and the path in front of them. “This looks like a postcard,” one participant said as she walked down the leaf-covered path.

A few hours later, everyone gathered to eat some lunch and share their photos and reflections of the day. “When you are here, all of your problems are left over there in the city,” one client said. They all walked back together as the day got cooler, sharing one of the last crisply beautiful days of the season.

7 comments to An Escape to Nature

  • Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures and verses!
    You filled my heart with warmth and love!!!


  • I’m very new to casual photography so I’ve kept to capturing nature images on my first digital camera, I believe it’s a safe environment for the novice shutterbug :) It was nice to see others’ selections and their thoughts where the images relate to a philosophical viewpoint. Thanks for putting them up for public view, Megan, and my thanks to those who submitted their work, I hope to see more!

  • Sherri S.

    What a beautiful blog. I love the way you incorporated nature into the photos, prose and healing.

  • Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Online Outreach Specialist

    Thank you everyone for your kind comments. We’ll pass them on to the photographers.

  • Hi Megan,

    What a great idea to incorporate visuals with poems!

    I wanted to let you know about a feature film we’re producing – Lessons from Violet. It will be the first romantic comedy about human trafficking. As the movie Life is Beautiful got us to laugh while revealing the reality of the holocaust we are aiming to do the same with the issue of human trafficking. The awards given to our screenplay seem to indicate that we’re headed in the right direction.

    Here’s an article about it from Yahoo News:

    Let me know if you’d like more info about it or if you’d like to feature it on your blog. We’re in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to build a team around Lessons from Violet:

    I look forward to your thoughts!


    Johnson Lo
    Morning Star Pictures

  • Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Online Outreach Specialist

    Hi Johnson,

    Thank you for your commitment to ending human trafficking,