rebecca and i both went to the same college, the university of the south in sewanee, tennessee, and we were both art majors there (although rebecca later transferred to uga in athens…). sewanee is such a strange, magical place and it is in most part due to the fact that the campus is 10,000 acres on a high mountain plateau of sandstone and other rock. the school buildings are clustered in a small area, leaving the rest of the land to just be. there is a 22 mile loop trail that encircles campus and many ways to access it, to hop on a trail for a short day hike, or to set off on longer overnight excursions.
one thing i love about having gone to sewanee is that everyone, whether they meant to or not, was aware of the natural beauty around them. you couldn't ignore it because it was literally in your face everywhere you looked…and that has left a lasting impression on me.
i was in sewanee last weekend and saw a bunch of my old friends. we, of course, took to the woods to get a dose of natural beauty.
photographs and words by rinne allen