Please feel free to browse these galleries (which will increase soon) and enjoy my photographs. I have my images organized into separate galleries to help you find what you need, but there is bound to be overlap. Besides, it is always difficult to draw a fine line and put images which have layers of association and meaning into neat pigeonholes, so take a peek into more than one gallery. You may surprise yourself when you find something new. Enjoy.
"The mountains are calling and I must go, . . ." John Muir
Whether illuminated by the setting sun in the west or by a rising moon in the east, or somewhere in between, the mountains and valleys that delineate important parts of our world define not just the physical landscape but even have a hold on the landscapes of our mind. There we can find solace, hope, peace, and more. We can find those soulful qualities, however, provided we pause to ponder and reflect.
A groundbreaking naturalist whom I have studied, Olaus Murie, once remarked that we must preserve wilderness “for our happiness, our spiritual welfare, [and] for our success in dealing with the confusions of a materialistic and sophisticated civilization.” It is possible in the wilderness to find the elevation of the human spirit that inspired Murie and others and hopefully some of these images will help in that process. To gaze upon the birds, mammals, reptiles--and other living beings--in nature is, for the sensitive soul, to be transported to other priorities and values.
The past is not exactly a foreign country, for its remnants are everywhere around us if we but stop to look and explore. It is, however, a world that often contains different priorities, values, customs, and purposes. If we pause to look closely at the world we have inherited from previous generations we can learn profound lessons as we shape our individual lives, relationships, and the organization of society.