The Lakota expression,
"Mitakuye Oyasin," is sometimes translated
as "We are all related." I prefer the
interpretation "I am related to all things"
as this meaning goes beyond the relationship of
human to human and includes the entire manifested
world and every kingdom it contains.
The Native American view
of nature, shared by all indigenous cultures,
holds great wisdom. This respect, love and recognition
of the teachings that are given by all the kingdoms
fueled my desire to spend time in the natural
world, visiting my "relatives" and bathing
my spirit in their beauty.
I began to visit natural surroundings with my
old fashioned Pentax and 250 zoom lens.Before
I enter the area, I offer tobacco and say a prayer
of gratitude to Father Sky and Mother Earth and
thank whatever I may encounter there for allowing
me to enter their home. As I photographed the
beauty around me, I was rewarded with the extraordinary
images on this page and in the online catalogue,
images that convey the spirit of the creature
and the essence of the surroundings. None of these
photos have been altered or 'enhanced' in any
The Spirit of Nature conveyed
in these photos will enhance and energize any
environment. Contemplation of the image will uplift
your own spirit as well.