Following are the beginning paragraphs of an article on environmentalist and photographer David Ellingsen by Janna Dotschkal for National Geographic. Ellingsen expresses his deep love for the large tree stumps that figured in his family history and his childhood memories.
Photographer David Ellingsen’s family roots run deep. His relatives were some of the first European immigrants to settle Cortes Island, part of a small archipelago located a hundred miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1887.
“The forest really was our playground,” Ellingsen says of his childhood days. “We’d leave the house in the morning and be out in the landscape all day and come back for dinner. Growing up in a rural environment you foster a close relationship with the natural world.”