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he desire to photograph nature subjects is obvious. We perceive nature as beautiful, and if we have artistic leanings we want to express our feelings of its beauty by creating images that imitate or represent nature at its finest. Nature must be documented with high-quality technical and artistically appealing photographs by as many good photographers as possible. Many natural areas may not be with us much longer. Third World countries are desperately trying to catch up, and developed countries, such as our own, are often callous to our natural heritage for the sake of further commercial development. Many years ago I mused over a superb book of photographs of Glen Canyon taken by Eliot Porter. By the time I saw that book the Glen Canyon had been filled with water and no longer existed. I had found out too late that there was such a beautiful place and I would never see it in person. If more photographers had brought back enough great photos, and inspired even more photographers, backpackers, naturalists, and the general public to visit the canyon, then perhaps there would have been enough people to effectively voice an objection to the Glen Canyon Dam project.
Excerpted from The Essentials of Nature Photography
Nature Galleries - Table of Contents:
10. Florida Wildlife exhibit at Ding Darling NWR - Sanibel, FL
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