Breathtaking scenery, stunning sunsets & "wow" moments are always great to capture, but my favorite nature photography subject is the beauty in the "ordinary"!
Those small, everyday gifts that we find all around us. All we need to "see" is awareness and mindfulness. Nature is such an artist...when you take time to notice her lines, curves, movement, textures, shapes, symmetry, colors - she offers an endless array of beautiful discoveries!
An interesting plant encountered along a woodland hike in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Northern Wisconsin
"Ordinary... is the part of our world where beauty is interlaced in each detail, it's the part of our world that can knock our socks off. But so many of us walk by everyday, never knowing, never caring -- but some see."
Looking down from the top into the center of a plant with radiating needles while on vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Spearfish Canyon
"There is more both of beauty and of raison d'etre in the works of nature, than in those of art."
Red berries on the Elderberry bush in our front yard on a beautiful summer's day offering the perfect backdrop of blue sky and glistening sunlight
"In summer, the song sings itself."
― William Carlos Williams
A Common Milkweed seed pod split open & releasing it's seeds, captured while staying at Dorothy's Grange Farm in Blanchardville, WI
"I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it... I always want to see the third dimension of something... I want to come alive with the object."
― Andrew Wyeth
Mushrooms growing on a tree trunk in Donald Park near Mt Horeb, WI
"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom."
― Thomas Carlyle
The small, yellow flowers of a Cornelian Cherry Dogwood emerging in early spring at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI
"It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us."
― John Ruskin
Leaves beginning to change color in the fall at Yellowstone Lake State Park near Blanchardville, WI
"All works of nature...in heaven and on earth are works of sculpture."
― Benvenuto Cellini
Interesting texture of bark on a tree in Barneveld, WI
"Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind. Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.”
― Vera Nazarian
One of the sweetest, simplest pleasures of summer: raspberries! These black-caps were growing wild at Blackhawk Lake near Highland, WI
"How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted the summer's pride."
― William Blake
A "holey" grape vine leaf at Botham Vineyards in Barneveld, WI
"Where does hope start..If not in the soft green whispers that beckon quietly from the heart..."
― Lisa Nixon
A vine climbing up an old, stately oak tree in Barneveld, WI
"Suspended between earth and sky, my humanity draws from both, my tendrils reach for the energies of each. Spirit and Ground - equal yet opposite, the lightness and the solidarity, the ephemeral and the substantial."