Boreal beauty in city

August 24, 2007

A vibrant photo exhibit at The Forks lets people visit the boreal forest without leaving the city limits.

RESPECT: Assignment to the Heart of the Boreal Forest gives people an aerial view of the boreal forest, which stretches east to west across Canada.

The 66 aerial photographs were unveiled at The Forks this week on the pedestrian bridge. The photographs are mounted on 35 huge frames.

“We wanted to bring the forest to the city people because city people won’t go to the forest,” said Louise Lariviere, chief of mission for the project.

The images were captured by eight Canadian photojournalists, including local photojournalist John Woods. Woods captured the cluster of trees that looks like a heart-shaped forest.

“We had been flying for about two hours and I thought I shot all I could,” Woods said. “We were heading back to Poplar River and there it was. Sometimes a picture finds you, and this one found me.”

Prints can be ordered at Prices range from $180 to $390, depending on size.

The free exhibit will be at The Forks until Oct. 21.

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