While many artists have focused on the panorama of the Shawangunk Ridge, Scarlett goes smaller scale. Each image is a tightly framed snapshot of a tree inside Minnewaska State Park, the Mohonk Preserve, or the grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House.
Roots jut up from a solid bedrock base in one image. A tree with a large chunk bitten out of it balances on a roadside, engulfed in mist in another. One of the photos inside the “Smile” section shows a tree bent in a forward-leaning bow, its colorful leaves shining bright against a field in autumn. Elsewhere in the book, a tree is twisted into a freestanding circle.
Scarlett includes a key to the photographs at the end, but seekers be warned. “I can’t find some of the trees,” Scarlett says, with a trace of jesting exasperation, “but they’re out there somewhere.”