Before becoming interested in photography and watercolor painting I spent years as a landscape architect longing to save the planet. After a few unfulfilling years designing subdivisions and streetscapes I found a job with a large county park system. That opportunity blossomed into three rewarding decades of creating large conservation areas. Those parks continue to provide natural areas for millions of people to enjoy and nature to flourish.
Over the years I’ve gained an appreciation of the stress experienced by both people and wildlife and how each can benefit the other. People, particularly in urban areas, need places to retreat from the strain of day-to-day life. Plants and animals need large uninterrupted ecosystems to achieve a healthy habitat. There is a growing awareness of the emotional and physical therapeutic benefits of nature. When these places are protected, nature thrives and in turn provides places for people to heal.
Next to being there, images of nature are the best way to realize nature’s benefits. Many studies have shown that in the absence of views of the outside, images of nature can also accelerate recovery, reduce the need for medication and improve the patient’s mood.
“Exposure to natural environments… enhances the ability to cope with and recover from stress… illness and injury.” – Richard Louv
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson