Nature: The Source Of Our Passion

With a deep breath I breathed in the scent of the azaleas in Charleston, and breathed out these words “nature is good for the soul”.

That same day we watched the forecast and saw snow was predicted for the southern parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Needing a short break, Keith escaped in his truck to chase snow.  While there, everything that could go wrong seemed to happen until that one moment he stood with his feet at the edge of a river, a waterfall before him, and snow blanketed the tress.  The effort and obstacles were worth it.  Being in nature gave him room to breathe.

Nature opens the doors to your soul and breaths life into your lungs.

In the end, isn’t that why we do what we do and why we get up in the wee hours of the morning to brave the cold and elements?  Whether you are a full time professional photographer, retired, or have an office that feels more like home than your own house, the one thing we have in common is our love of being outdoors.

If we assessed all the great landscape photographers of the past and those currently still making images today, the commonality is their passion for nature.  We know that staying in bed will result in missing 100% of the shots.  More importantly, the sacrifice of sleep will reward us with more than just a few pictures to show on Facebook or hang in our offices.  We’ll find that time spent getting lost near rushing waterfalls or on the side of the mountain speaks to something our soul longs for:  Adventure.  Combine crisp morning air, the earth offering up the fog to the still light of dawn and you’ll find the demands of your schedule and responsibilities dissipate.  That’s something the most luxurious of spas can’t offer.

Explore for your heart, and the photographs will follow.

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