Sophia Vancouver, a sophomore photojournalism student at Ohio University, climbs a low-hanging boulder while at Conkle's Hollow Climbing area in Hocking Hills Region, Ohio on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Louie Allen, a recent graduate of Ohio University, climbs at the Gold Coast crag in PMRP at the Red River Gorge during the annual Rocktoberfest on October 10, 2015. Climbers were treated to a weekend of beautiful weather and dry routes that they took full advantage of.
Brandon Shafer, a student at the University of Akron from Cincinnati, Ohio, rests on a locked arm while climbing an over-hung route in Kentucky's Red River Gorge during Rocktoberfest, an annual climbing festival, on Saturday, October 12, 2013.
Red River Gorge
Daniel Hermanns, a senior Geology student at Ohio University, climbs a sport route in the Red River Gorge in Boone National Forest in Kentucky on Saturday, April 11, 2014, a normal Saturday for this climber of three years.
Rockstars Climbing Competition
John Timmons, of Port Clinton, Ohio, climbing on left, and Nick Baumgartel, of Athens, Ohio, climbing on right, work their way up their respective routes in Ping Center on Saturday, February 15, 2014 during Ohio University’s annual Rockstars Climbing Competition in Athens, Ohio.
Boar Hole Cave
Underneath the surface of Lewisburg, West Virginia lies a collection of caves teeming with live formations, unexplored passages and the scientists studying and mapping them. In the background wearing the yellow helmet is Greg Springer, Geology professor at Ohio University, taking notes during a new study. In the foreground, second-year graduate student of Geology at Ohio University Michael Blair admires formations on the wall on Saturday, March 7, 2015.
Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Parkway is known as one of the most beautiful highways in America and it stood up to its name during a colorful sunset on August 14, 2014.
Members of the Lopez family sit around and joke as the recently harvested sugar cooks in the flames nearby in their home in the rainforest of Costa Rica on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Manuel Antonio National Park
Bruce Martin, professor of recreation and sport pedagogy at Ohio University, rides a wave during a surf lesson for the Ecotourism Experiences: Costa Rica class and trip he helped lead through his program at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica on January 10, 2014.
Blue Circle for Diabetes
Participants in the annual Blue Circle for Diabetes event lie around the bobcat on the turf of the Walter Field house at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio on Friday, November 14, 2014.
(Sitting, from left to right) Melissa Barragan, 18, Sadie Stock, 16, Griffin Lawrence, 16, Elliot Schmidt, 15, and Rhys Westenbarger, 15, all students at Athens High School and from the town of Athens, throw various small items at each other on College Green at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio when (standing, from left to right) Alana Baldwin, 15, and Keely Harper, 16, also of Athens, surprise the group and join in the fun on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2014.
Blake McDaniel looks up as he eats a protein bar after climbing a route at the Red River Gorge in Slade, Kentucky. He is accompanied by gear and one of his first choices for a climbing partner, Daniel Chappell, as they both enjoy the benefits of Rocktoberfest, the annual climbing festival held at the Red River Gorge, on Saturday, October 11, 2015.
Dan Bossaller, a teaching assistant at Ohio University in the department of mathematics from St. Louis, Missouri, works at a table in Jimmy Johns on a rainy Monday, Jan 20, 2014.
Ryan (Buck) Peters, 42, of Blanchester, Ohio uses his metal detector to determine whether or not he already dug out what the detector had indicated was there on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Strouds Run in Athens, Ohio. Peters says he has been metal detecting for two months now, and has only found pop tabs and bottle caps.
A Potter's Place
Laurie Vancouver of Midland, Michigan, works in her studio at her home in The Plains, Ohio, on Sunday, October 6, 2013 as she throws new pottery to sell in Starbrick Gallery, a gallery that she helped establish, in Nelsonville, Ohio. Vancouver spends hours a day throwing, glazing, and crafting new work for the gallery.
Erika Hartman, a senior at Ohio University in Outdoor Recreation and Education, gazes happily toward the forested mountains in the distance from the deck of a home in the Costa Rican rainforest on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 during an Ecotourism trip and class through the country.
The Morning After
John Timmons leans against a friend's truck Saturday morning on October 12, 2013 as he hydrates after a night of fun in Slade, Kentucky's Red River Gorge for Rocktoberfest, an annual climbing festival.
Just the Beginning
Maris Truex, a cook in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, originally from Decatur, Georgia, sings while she and Brian Raftry, from Westfield Center, Ohio, take the first steps in learning the songs for their upcoming recording session on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The recording location is in a solar powered swamp house in Echaw Swamp run and owned by Eddie White, a dentist in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and founder of Awendaw Green, a musical movement rising in Awendaw, South Carolina.
Truex works in one of the houses at Awendaw Green in Awendaw, South Carolina, on Thursday, May 8, 2014, to prepare the food that the group will be consuming over the next five days while staying in the swamp house, while signs indicate the type of folks living in the house. The type of people that work at Awendaw Green and were involved in the project are so special to Maris, she believes, "People like us are so few and far between... and we find each other."
The Swamp House
A part of the collection of odds and ends found at the solar powered swamp house in Echaw Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest of South Carolina, a painting of the house depicted on a stone slab is near the front door along with a lamp and a pair of binoculars." This is some grown man's treehouse that we're staying in," laughed Brian Raftry after surveying the house.
Reunited and it Sounds so Good
(Clockwise) Maris Truex, Zachary "Z" Groom, originally from Fairfax, Virgina, Brian Raftry, and Cole Grant, originally from Decatur, Georgia, engage in one of their first group practices after the arrival of Groom and Grant on Friday, May 9, 2014, to Echaw Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina. Truex and Grant originally met while the two were in high school, and Raftry met them two summers ago while working as raft guides on the French Broad River in North Carolina. Groom was discovered by Truex through the Swamp Sessions Songwriters Retreat this past winter.
(From left to right) Cole Grant, Brian Raftry, and Maris Truex each take a break from their long day of practice to have a bowl of the previous night's leftovers the day before recording is set to begin on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in the Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina.
The group was constantly worried of running out of alcohol before the swamp sessions were through, though it ended up not being a problem after multiple trips to the grocery store. Beer was consumed like water until recording began, and "whiskey slaps" were a prevalent source of energy while practicing.
Maris Truex and her dog, River, are quite the pair. After an accident, River now only has three legs, though the remaining back leg is barely functioning due to arthritis. After going for a long walk down the swamp's only road while waiting for Sean Kelly, the recording engineer, on Monday, May 12, 2014, River was returned to the house only to attempt to follow again and become very tired. By the time Maris found River he had traveled a reasonable distance from the house in Echaw Swamp, South Carolina, and had to be fireman carried back because he had worn out his two front legs.
Recording an Album
(Clockwise) James "Rusty" Henderson, the last addition to the group and originally from Darlington, South Carolina, who met Truex and Groom at the songwriter's retreat, Maris Truex, Cole Grant, and Brian Raftry do some final practicing before beginning to record on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Echaw Swamp, South Carolina. While working out the final kinks Cole explained, "everyone's following you, Maris." To which she replied, "fuck."
A Fake Break
Zachary "Z" Groom takes a break from practicing inside the house in Echaw Swamp, South Carolina, to enjoy one of the many activities the house has to offer on Friday, May 9, 2014, while still practicing. The group often was found playing music while on their breaks.
A didgeridoo, a few guitar cases, two guitars, and a bottle of whiskey line the edge of the "jam space" that the group designed to help optimize their musical flow. All had practical application throughout the musical process.
Brian Raftry, right, makes a face while trying to get the notes down during the first recording session on Monday, May 12, 2014, while Cole Grant, left, listens intently as Rusty Henderson asks for further clarification on a song. The second day of recording in Echaw Swamp, South Carolina, went much better than the first, even inspiring Maris to at one point exclaim, "Y'all! That sounded so good! Let's do another!"
Maris Truex plays viola in addition to her singing, both of which will be heard on the album that "Half Day Deluxe," also known as "Corn Bred Fed," recorded in Echaw Swamp, South Carolina on Monday, May 12, 2014.
(From left to right) Cole Grant, Maris Truex, and Brian Raftry chat, practice, and make final tune-ups before the "Barn Jam" show at Awendaw Green on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Awendaw, South Carolina.
James "Rusty" Henderson, Brian Raftry, and Cole Grant study the set list as Maris points out the order and changes to be made for the stage performance during the "Barn Jam" at Awendaw Green in Awendaw, South Carolina.
The End of The Beginning
(From left to right) Cole Grant, Maris Truex, James "Rusty" Henderson, Brian Raftry, and Zachary "Z" Groom, stand on stage between songs, as Truex makes the introduction for the next song during the "Barn Jam" on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Awendaw Green in Awendaw, South Carolina. Although it was the end of the time in the swamp and everyone being together, it was not the end of the entire project for any member of the group.
The Big and The Small
Jim Shirey is a retired Ohio University math professor living peacefully off a back road in Athens, Ohio. With his two sons grown and out of the house, his closest companion (next to his wife) is his dog, Sammy, who may be found trotting alongside him at any point in time. Shirey spends much of his time wandering around his and neighboring properties finding extraordinary natural things to photograph.
Butt Crack and Sammy
It is not entirely uncommon for Shirey to become so engaged in his photography that his pants fall just short of his waistline while Sammy the dog lounges in the grass.
Shirey's set up for his macro photography is highly intentional; the flower must remain completely still as he takes a series of photographs that he will later compile into one stunning image.
This is the final image that Shirey extrapolated from the set-up shown in the previous image.
Shirey frames a bottle gentian found near his home in Athens, Ohio. He was particularly excited to find this flower, explaining that it never opens.
A Long Day's Photography
Shirey makes some final touches to his photographs from the day while Sammy sleeps in the foreground and one of Shirey's older images of Fox Lake is displayed on the wall.
Shirey leans against a tree just before an October sunset to frame a photograph of reflections on Fox Lake in Athens, Ohio.
Digging and Sniffing
While Sammy sniffs around for anything interesting, Shirey reburies his recently repaired waterline.
Shirey and Sammy return home from reburying the waterline up the hill on a chilly October day.
A Twilley Nice Family
Hide and What?
Danny Twilley explains to his daughter Abby Twilley, 3, that once you hide in the game 'Hide and Seek' you wait until you are found, rather than revealing where you have been, while they play at the Richland Avenue Park in Athens, Ohio in Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
Daddy, I Can Fly
Abby Twilley, 3, puts out her "wings" as she plays on a swing at the Richland Avenue Park with her father on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Athens, Ohio.
Judy and David Twilley, right, watch as their son, Danny Twilley, hugs his daughter Abby Twilley after she became overwhelmed, as a three-year-old does, in their home in Athens, Ohio on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014 as he gets ready to go to work.
Danny Twilley asks his daughter, Abby Twilley, 3, to explain to him how to feed the dog as a way to encourage her to complete her chores on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in their Athens, Ohio home.
A Child's Wonder; A Mother's Love
Sarah Mann holds her daughter, Abby Twilley, 3 in their Athens, Ohio home on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014 during the lengthy morning routine that they must undertake every day with the three-year-old.
Sarah Mann reads a story to her daughter, Abby Twilley, 3, on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014, to soothe her before leaving for work during Abby's spring break in Athens, Ohio.
Abby Twilley, 3, watches as her parents leave their home on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014, to get some work done away from home over her spring break.
Jane and Jim Anderson sit in their favorite chairs in their farm-home in Shreve, Ohio, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, before eating dinner, one of the few times Jim sits down during the day. They have owned their farm for about thirty years, and been married for 60. Jim works tirelessly on his farm with various chores everyday, tending to sheep and other needs of the property.