Nature Photgraphy Day 2014

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My images for this blog take you from Alaska to Florida to California and a secret ( well, not so much now) spot in between)!

In 2006 NANPA established Nature Photography Day to be celebrated each June 15. This celebration day has caught on with more than just NANPA members, and many people who love to be outside and capture images of nature are celebrating also. Locally (Knoxville TN area), Paul Hassell is setting up an outing of the NANPA Nature Photography Meetup Group to go to Roan Mountain to enjoy the rhododendrons.

I like to think that I get to celebrate Nature Photography Day each time I venture outside with my camera. My love for nature started an a very early age and I really do not remember a time when I wasn’t drawn to the beauty and solitude of nature. My early exposure was hunting and fishing in the Mississippi Delta, but gradually my outdoor endeavors were converted to photography, and by the end of college, my camera was my constant companion, documenting trips into the wilderness, from Maine to California.

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So, for each one of us, the experience of nature is different, coming from different values and different experiences, both as youth and adult. Many people enjoy nature for the beauty and solitude that they find. Others enjoy watching the unfolding of the seasons and the anticipation of the next season. Still others revel in the activity of wildlife, whether birds or mammals or reptile or insects..

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My hope is that each person who is drawn to nature, whether to sit and bask in the beauty or attempt to capture a representation with their camera, also develops a heart of stewardship for our world. If each one of us changes just one thing in our lives that can effect nature ( using less gas, not using plastic bags at grocery store, conserving water at home, etc) then maybe we can make a change in the continued destruction of our environment and maybe future generations will enjoy the same beauty in nature that we enjoy now.

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