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National Park Week – Celebrate Nature!

Vista of Capitol Reef National Park and the Henry Mountains, Utah. (Brenda Tharp)

 

National Park Week is almost here! It’s the week of April 15-23, and the National Park Foundation and National Park service are partnering to offer free admission to hundreds of national parks (and monuments) across the USA on April 15-16th, so plan to get out and LOVE your parks on those days and beyond! Earth Day is also just around the corner, too – April 22 – and those same parks will also be offering free admission on April 22-23.  It’s a great time to get out and enjoy your park(s), but also to take CARE of the earth, and there are local events near you that you can get involved in surrounding Earth Day weekend. 

While I make some of my living from selling fine art landscapes/nature images, more important is that I am passionate about spreading the message of our need to preserve wild spaces, and wild animals and birds. I strongly support organizations that work with landowners, such as the Nature Conservancy, because I believe that in many cases, the land being used privately or commercially can be protected by working with the landowners, in both conservation and education.

I strongly support organizations that work tirelessly for wilderness protection, too, including those that go to ‘bat’ (i.e. court) in defense of public lands, wildlife, or land needing protection, such as Southwest Utah Wilderness Alliance who works so hard to protect Utah’s wilderness. I realize it’s not possible to donate to every group out there – my gosh there are so many – but we can do what we can, and also donate our time, a photo for fundraising or images for educational use. We can also blog and post on social media as a way to educate more people about the importance of preservation and conservation. It’s up to us to spread the word of the need for preservation and conservation, and our images can help do that. 

Love your park(s)!

 

 

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Desert Sunshine

After teaching in Saguaro National Park and Tanque Verde in Tuscon, last week, I headed back down to Organ Pipe Nat’l Monument, as I figured the brittlebush would be in full bloom, and I was not disappointed! Clouds of yellow dotted the hillsides amidst the cactus. Poppies and other flowers were very small and not carpeting the hillsides, and yellow was the dominant color and I went with it. I love this park for the topography of the mountains, which provide great landscapes

We had one day of clouds (finally) that allowed me to have some visual interest in the sky and I worked fast to make various compositions while the morning light lasted. 

Headed up to Phoenix area to visit a friend and do some business, and I’m now heading into California to photograph flowers. I’ve missed some, they ‘went off’ earlier than I could be there, but the word is the southern half is still going wild…

 

 

Thanks for visiting!

 
 

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One From the Cutting Room Floor

Curtains of virga and clouds over Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

The final edits for my new book, “Expressive Nature Photography” are finished, and this ‘baby’ didn’t make it! Hard to accept, as we all love our children, right?! But you just can’t fit all your ‘babies’ into one book, ever. This was from a short section on black and white nature photography, and it’s worthy, there were just too many to select from. I guess that’s a good thing, to have more good pics than not enough, eh?!

In the movies, in film days, the reels were cut/spliced to remove unwanted bits and segments. The phrase ‘cutting room floor’ referred to all the little bits of film that were left there after the production people got finished! Actors and actresses alike had to accept that some of what they thought were their best moments might get cut. Essentially the same thing happened – some of my faves just didn’t work into the final flow of ideas/pictures. Sigh, but then maybe they’ll be right for the next book!!

Now I can get on to other projects; I’ll be hitting the road to Arizona this weekend, for some Spring photography, and teaching for MISA at Tanque Verde.

Note: This new book is being published by Monacelli Press and will be released in August 2017, and available through your favorite bookstore(s). 

All best, and thanks for visiting,

 
 

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Celebrating the Overlooked Photos

Bare trees dapple the golden light falling on Bridalveil Creek in Yosemite Valley.

The past several months I’ve been finalizing text and selecting images to illustrate my upcoming book Expressive Nature Photography. I first selected about 600 images – way too many for a book of 240 pages – and had to whittle it down. I ‘sweated’ over which ones were the best over others that I liked. I wanted them all in the book! It’s so hard – but it’s also been a lot of fun, because through it all, I have discovered many images that I forgot I made! 

How can that be, that I forgot an experience that was strong enough to invite me to make the picture? Continue reading »

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