The Rocky Mountains are one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. The mountain peaks and so majestic and awe inspiring that you can not help but be astonished by the view. The beautiful pine forest and Aspen groves blanket everything except the most sheer cliff faces. The forest is home to countless creatures that make up the vast eco-systems in the west.
Those of us who live in in west know that the pine forests of the Rocky Mountains are under attack from Pine Beetles. This beetles burrow into the trunks of the pine tree and slow kill them. The once lush green mountain sides are now littered with dead brown pine trees and there is no end in sight.
The once beautiful pine forests are changing. Some are slowly being replaced by Aspens and other trees. Other areas just die and stick out like rotten teeth. The one thing that we can be sure of is that the pine forests of the west will not be the same during out life times. This is the ebb and flow of nature.
The alleged culprit of the increase in severity of the pine beetle devastation is climate change. Whether you believe climate change is man made or a natural climate cycle, its effects cannot be ignored. The world will continue to change whether we like it or not. My advice to those who love the pine covered mountain ranges is to enjoy them as much as you can while they still exist.
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I spend a great deal of time talking to people at art shows and online. One of the things I have tried learn the most about is why people buy nature prints, or landscape prints. They say understanding your customer is the key to success. I don’t disagree but in the art world it is so much harder to understand why people purchase what they purchase.
I wish there was an easy answer to this question. If there was I could retire early. It seems to boil down too few reasons people buy nature prints. The first reason I hear most often is that they have visited the place in the picture or it reminds them of a place they spent time and have fond memories of.
The second most common reason is that they simply are moved by the beauty of the picture. For some reason that image reaches something inside a person and they just want to have it hanging on their wall.
The third most common reason people purchase is that the image relaxes them. We have stressful lives and are always looking for way to reduce stress, and a peaceful nature scene does that for some people. If give them something to look at and image they are there when things are going wrong in the office or in the living room.
Whatever your motivations are for purchasing a nature or landscape print they will most likely be personal to you. What one person finds beautiful another might be indifferent about. Think about what you are trying to accomplish with your purchase. Are you looking for something simple and relaxing, or are you looking for something that your friends and family will admire? Take your time and choose the print that you feel the most strongly about, after all it is your money and your wall.
I am standing shivering in the pre-dawn cold. I am not entirely sure if I am shivering because of the cold or because I am about to witness something I have dreamed about most of my life. I have my camera setup, focused, and ready to shoot, but I am torn between just watching the scene unfold or capturing the moment. I often have this feeling when shooting at sunrise.
The sun breaks the horizon and gently kisses the peaks of the Tetons in the distance. I am awe struck at the sight, yet this is still not what I have come so far to see. I wonder if Ansel Adams felt the same way I do right now standing somewhere in this same field. I am further pulled into the history of this place by that thought and continue to struggle to stay focused.
There is a hum of noise as other photographers ready them selves the same way I am. Some are clearly focused, others are oblivious to the magnitude of the moment we are about to witness. The sun is creeping closer to us little by little. I long to feel its warm comfort not only to fight off the chill, also to illuminate my subject.
Utah Nature Photography 12x18 Inch Unframed Poster Art Print of the Iconic Moulton Barn in a Sage Brush Flat with the Tetons Mountain Range Rising in the Background at Sunrise on a Clear Morning
Finally, the sun blazes onto the target of everyone’s attention. The old Moulton Barn stands like beacon in this sage brush field. I momentarily just freeze caught in the overwhelming beauty of the moment. After a minute or so I gather my thoughts and proceed to start shooting photographs.
I am asked quite often why I do what I do when there are so many things people seem to feel are more worthwhile. I can only ask those people how often are they rendered dumbfounded by the sheer beauty of the sunrise on the Tetons, or a mountain lake? It happens to me quite frequently and I would not trade it for all the money in the world.
I do this so that I can do the most justice I can to capture what I have experienced and share it with you.