Moving to the Pacific Northwest from Florida, I knew I might feel some seasonal emotional heaviness as the grey days, winter rains and cold temps drag on into spring. I expected some feelings cabin fever and some loss of motivation to make art. But wow! This year our winter will just NOT let go
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Winter brings more than just snow to northern (U.S.) regions. Fog is also an incredible result of moisture in the air and cooler temperatures. I love summer! Warm, no… HOT weather, sunshine, swimming and leaves on the trees is the best. And when the temps start cooling enough to condense m
The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace (https://lnt.org/) 1. Plan ahead and prepare 2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces 3. Dispose of waste properly 4. Leave what you find 5. Minimize campfire impacts 6. Respect wildlife 7. Be considerate of others This is not written to shame. We are all forever
“Take only pictures, leave only footprints”. For over 20 years, I have been ‘taking’ pictures of the “natural world”. I understand that what I am about to say is as curmudgeonly as disliking parades or as grumpy as hating sunflowers or balloons. It was not until this past year that I realized t
Access to nature can change a life. Access to art can change a life. Not everyone has access to those things. I feel it is a responsibility of nature photographers and artists to share their vision’s of the natural world with everyone, regardless of that person’s access to experiencing nature on
After a long winter, and a long nine years of dying starfish, it is nice to again see a very colorful seashore. I finally was inspired to go to the Oregon Coast and get in the water for a snorkel. Heavy winds, heavy rain, cold - this year it was difficult for me to motivate and drive to the coast
Sunrise after I warmed and my boots dried It is hard to self-actualize and transcend when you cannot feel your toes. I wanted to motivate and rally to photograph at sunset, but cold wet feet and patience worn thin from post-holing for 6 miles was enough to keep me in my camp chair. My wife
A community of like-minded visionaries whom respect and revere the natural, outside world is a beautiful thing and can work in concert to inspire. I have started this endeavor, with three words always in my mind - Imagine, Share, Inspire. These three words are my guiding light, my check to make s
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