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  The Soul Tree, presents luminous photographs from the Blue Ridge Parkway and
lyric poems written in resonance with the images.
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Center (binding)
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"After visiting my landscapes website in the spring of
2008, Laura replied with an email containing an attachment
titled, 'The Soul Tree.'  I was stunned after reading the
poem, then I noticed that there were 35 more pages to the
document.  My jaw dropped a little lower each time I
scrolled to the next poem…36 in all.  
I was speechless.

Not only was her writing beautiful and poignant, but her
poetry brought new life to the photographs.  I was also
quite overwhelmed by her choice of photos…not the
pretty sunset pictures that most people like.  She was
inspired by the photos that were my favorites…the
mysterious and more abstract images that I feel personify
my experience and observations.
I soon began sending
her images that were
not on my website, and
one by one, she
volleyed back poems,
each one even more
amazing than the next.  
This continued for a
couple of months as I
continually created page
layouts in Photoshop,
and before we knew it,
The Soul Tree had been
Our Story so far...
John Fletcher      Laura Hope-Gill
"The book, published and printed locally using environmentally friendly methods, is an example of
local businesses and artists working together."