Nature Photography Day

June 15 is Nature Photography Day. NANPA, or North American Nature Photography Association, began this holiday in 2006, “to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.” There are two main ways to celebrate this day – to go out into nature and take pictures of your own or to look up pictures of nature by other photographers. I was tempted to simply fill this blog with beautiful pictures, because there are so many on the Web, but decided that wouldn’t work very well. I do encourage you, however, to check out NANPA’s Website, which has some lovely pictures as well as information about who they are, and how to get involved.

A friend of mine, Bill Burke, posts pictures of Ireland in his blog.  Do check it out; his photography is both beautiful and interesting. They aren’t all nature pictures, but Ireland is so stunning, that even town photos are wonderful. He has a real knack for catching the heart of his subject.

An amazing Pacific Northwest photographer is Larry Turner. See his breathtaking nature photography in his gallery online here.

The National Wildlife Fund Page, has more beautiful nature pictures for your delight.

Of course, the National Geographic site  is THE place for nature photography. They are currently featuring photos of our national parks. If you would rather see the ocean and sea creatures instead of trees and mountains, they have pictures of those too. Find their Ocean Photo Galleries here.

So look at some photos, or grab your camera or phone and go out and make memories of your own. This is the day to appreciate nature, whether you are seeing mountains, the ocean, or a flower growing in a city sidewalk. They are all beautiful in their own ways.

Crater Lake taken by me.

Quotes about nature

All the works of Nature are Miracles, and nothing makes them appear otherwise but our familiarity with them.–Samuel Butler

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.–John Muir

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;
Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.–J. R. R. Tolkien

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.–Eleanora Duse

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.–Jimmy Carter

Let us leave a splendid legacy for our children…let us turn to them and say, this you inherit: guard it well, for it is far more precious than money…and once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.–Ansel Adams

Look on this beautiful world, and read the truth in her fair page.–William Cullen Bryant

The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.–Author unknown

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.–John Ruskin

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The Anniversary of the Introduction of the Box Camera

On May 7, 1888, George Eastman patented the “Kodak Box Camera.” I grew up in a suburb of Rochester, New York, which is where Eastman created the Eastman Kodak Company. When I was very young, my mother worked for them in the photography developing area. My best friend’s father was a carpenter for them, and her mother worked in the cafeteria. My brother-in-law also worked for them for a while. As you might guess from this, at one time they were the largest employer in the area, with the possible exception of Xerox, also started near Rochester.

Some Sunday afternoons we would visit the George Eastman House, a lovely old home in the wealthy part of Rochester. In addition to the beautiful rooms and furniture, the rooms held old photographic equipment, and my own personal favorites, stereoscope viewers.

I used to love taking photographs, especially of nature, and have incorporated some of my pictures in the bookmarks you can buy at But I have a friend, Bill Burke, who is much better at it than I am. He currently lives in Moville, Ireland, and you can see some of his most recent work at Do check it out – he takes wonderful pictures.


Quotes about photography abound. Here are a few I like very much, starting with three from George Eastman.

Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography. – George Eastman

We were starting out to make photography an everyday affair, to make the camera as convenient as the pencil. – George Eastman

You push the button, we do the rest. – George Eastman

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.–Karl Lagerfeld

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.–Ansel Adams

There are no bad pictures; that’s just how your face looks sometimes.–Abraham Lincoln

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.–Dorothea Lange

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.–Ansel Adams

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.–Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.–Alfred Stieglitz

We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.–Ralph Hattersley

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.–Diane Arbus

No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.–Robert Adams

Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.–Yousuf Karsh

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