Land of 10,000 Memories | Crosslake, MN

Over the last few weeks, I've had the opportunity to spend some long days and long nights in northern Minnesota. To me, there isn't a more beautiful setting. Serenity, nature and beauty are the first words that come to mind. My fiance Leela and her family have a cabin in Crosslake, MN. My favorite memories are typically around the bonfire - which happens to be one of my favorite photos from the trip! I slowed down the shutter to capture the animation and power of the fire. It's healthy to slow down once in a while, smell the fresh air. Literally. We're only here for a small time and it's the small things that keep up sane... "Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars... and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful.  Everything is simply happy.  Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance.  Look at the flowers - for no reason.  It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are." -Anonymous