Growing up in central Wisconsin my Dad introduced me to nature at a very young age. I can remember him taking me hiking and camping. I remember him teaching me about nature. He taught me the skills for hunting and fishing as he shared his passion and the love he carried for this world with me. Kindling an ember that would turn into a raging fire of passion as I grew older.
He taught me that it is up to us to take care of this world. That we hold a great responsibility. I have always kept this at the back of my mind ever since I was a kid. I have always wanted to make an impact on this world that would help change it for the better. I can't tell you how much I love this world, because there is simply no word that exists, but maybe through my visions I can get you to understand. In hopes to evoke the same emotion in you.
Spending time in nature is the greatest gift in the world. There is something so therapeutic and refreshing about spending time outdoors. Enjoying all of its vast uniqueness and beauty. From enjoying the warmth of a sunrise or sunset, to the awe inspiring power of her storms. The beauty and wonder of the night sky. The relaxing sound of a waterfall, the boiling of a river as it rushes past your feet, or the waves crashing ashore along the beach. The gentle wind in your face carrying the smells of the seasons. Every time I get out on an adventure it seems as if this 6th sense bond grows.
There is a reason they call her Mother Nature. She provides us with everything. All of our food, our water, our shelter, the air we breathe, she comforts us when we take the time to spend time with her. Refreshing our souls and our minds. We need her, she doesn't need us. We are a part of this world not apart from it. It is up to us to do our part. Even the smallest contribution makes a difference.
Being able to use my gift to capture the absolute stunning beauty of this world and to use it for more than just gaining popularity as an artist, more than just a way to obtain awards, or to make an income is something that is so incredibly rewarding. To be able to use it for conservation efforts to help create a positive impact in this world is such a new found sense of motivation for me. Being able to share my love for Mother Nature in a way that provokes the same emotion in the viewer of my photography.
I have found several leading conservation organizations that I intend to donate to. A few of these hitting close to home in the Great Lakes Region. Below is a list of conservation programs that I am interested in donating to. Through every print sale I will be contributing a portion of my profits to one of these organizations. I am sure as time goes on I will find more organizations to donate to. This is something I want to engage in for the rest of my life. A commitment invoked in me at a young age. To do my part to protect something I love so dearly. So that future generations can enjoy her beauty as I have.