Why I Need Nature

“On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” – Jules Renard

I was born in the city but grew up in the country.  As a child, I spent balmy summer evenings chasing rabbits through irrigation pipes and picking tomatoes from the vine.  Rain fell in the spring, cotton was picked in the fall, and fog filled our valley in the winter.  With a farmer for a father, you learn to keep step with the seasons.  I came by my life lessons in nature quite naturally.

Like a cool drink of water on a warm day or a chocolate chip cookie hot out of the oven, I NEED nature.  No, more than that, I need it like the very air I breathe.  Every month or two I go camping and immerse myself in the beauty and glory of a world that seems so far away to most, but is closer to our core than anything else.  Humans have no tenable relationship to buildings, technology, or possessions.  But we do share a pulse with the living, breathing plants and animals that call this big blue ball home.

Nature photography is important to me because it tells a story that may never be told again.  Whether by natural or human cause, the world is changing.  No news flash there; it always is changing, always has changed, and always will change.  I want my photos to excite the senses, encourage responsible stewardship, and embolden all of us to protect the resources that we share.  Because once you see how amazing this world is…you can’t un-see it.

If you need me, I’ll be lounging lakeside in the High Sierras.  Camera in hand.