I’ve always found myself drawn to the outdoors. When I went away to college at SUNY New Paltz, one of the draws was the small town with close access to the Catskills. I would often venture to Minnewaska State Park on days when I didn’t have afternoon classes, or when I just decided being outdoors was more important than my class. For me, nature's allure has always been the profound beauty that surrounds us, reminding us what a beautiful world we live in, despite the ugliness we see from time to time. From the majestic mountains to the gentle rustling of leaves, nature captivates our senses and touches our souls. Beyond its breathtaking landscapes, nature holds the power to inspire, invigorate, and awaken the creativity within us.
I find solace in nature. Amidst the chaos of daily life, nature offers an escape. Sometimes I find comfort in a serene forest, a still lake, or a vibrant garden. Nature's tranquility often soothes my mind when I am stressed and rejuvenates my spirit. When I am out photographing, I use the time and space nature provides for reflection, introspection, and deep connection with our inner selves. I always return feeling renewed, and more at peace than when I left. One of the benefits of photographing nature, is that just looking at the photos can have a positive mental impact.
Nature is a source of inspiration for me. The boundless beauty serves as an endless wellspring of inspiration. Its colors, patterns, and intricate designs ignite my imagination and fuels my creativity. From the delicate petals of a flower to the sprawling canopy of a forest, to towering spires of mountain peaks, nature's artistry urges us to see the world through fresh eyes and find inspiration in the simplest of details.
In the embrace of nature, we reconnect with our primal instincts and rediscover our place in the web of life. We witness the interdependence of all living things and the delicate balance of ecosystems. This reminder of our interconnectedness fosters a sense of humility and encourages us to become stewards of the environment.
Nature's beauty and inspiration continually draw me to visit natural spaces, to photograph them, that I might be able to bring some piece of that natural beauty home with me. I always find that I feel better after having been out to photograph a sunrise or a sunset, enjoying the rhythms of nature, the colors, the beauty.