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Did You Know God is a Nature Photographer Too?

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

The Maroon Bells near Snowmass and Aspen, Colorado
Maroon Bells

Nature photography has long been a source of inspiration for many, allowing us to witness the beauty and grandeur of the natural world. In these stunning landscapes and intricate details captured through the lens, one can find glimpses of the beauty of God. When my two boys were little I would take them with me on my outings to capture the first rays of light on Gods\'s creation. One day my youngest looked up an said to me as he marveled at the scene before him and said, "This is God's Art!" I could not agree more. Even Ansel Adams was quoted saying, “Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter.” Here are some aspects of nature photography that highlight the magnificence and spirituality of the natural world:

1. Vast Landscapes: When you observe vast landscapes in nature photography, such as towering mountains, expansive oceans, or serene forests, it's easy to feel a sense of awe and wonder. These breathtaking views remind us of the vastness and majesty of creation, evoking a feeling of reverence for the Creator.

Delicate Fern along the Cheyenne Canton Creek
Delicate Fern along the Cheyenne Canton Creek

2. Delicate Details: Nature photography also captures the intricate details of flora and fauna, revealing the precision and complexity present in even the tiniest of creatures or plants. Whether it's the delicate patterns on a butterfly's wings or the intricate structure of a flower, these details highlight the beauty and intricacy that exists in the natural world.

3. Play of Light: Light plays a vital role in photography, and in nature photography, it can create ethereal and transcendent moments. The golden hues of a sunrise or sunset, the interplay of light and shadow in a forest, or the soft glow on a dewdrop—all these instances of light showcase the artistry of the Divine, painting the natural world in mesmerizing colors and textures.

4. Symmetry and Patterns: Nature is full of patterns and symmetries, from the fractal branches of a tree to the intricate formations of a snowflake. These repetitive and harmonious structures are a testament to the order and balance found in the world. They reflect the perfection and design inherent in creation, which can be interpreted as a manifestation of God's wisdom.

Two of the Salt River Horses along the Salt River, Tonto National Forest, AZ
Salt River Horses

5. Transience and Renewal: Nature photography often captures fleeting moments, like a blooming flower or a migrating bird. These moments remind us of the transient nature of life and the cycles of renewal that occur in the natural world. Witnessing the seasons change, observing the birth and growth of new life, or capturing the passing of a storm—all these phenomena can inspire us to contemplate the divine cycles of creation, transformation, and rebirth.

In nature photography, we find a medium that allows us to glimpse the beauty of God's creation. The camera lens becomes a window through which we can appreciate the intricate details, vastness, harmony, and ephemeral qualities of the natural world. Through the lens of nature photography, we can witness the majesty and spirituality inherent in the landscapes, creatures, and elements that surround us.

“Wilderness, or wildness is a mystique. A religion, an intense philosophy, a dream of ideal society - these are also mystique. We are not engaged in preserving so many acre-feet of water, so many board-feet of timber, so many billion tons of granite, so many profit possibilities in so many ways for those concerned with the material aspects of the world. Yet, we must accept the fact that human life (at least in the metabolic sense) depends upon the resources of the Earth. As the fisherman depends upon the rivers, lakes and seas, and the farmer upon the land for his existence, so does mankind in general depend upon the beauty of the world about him for his spiritual and emotional existence.

From a speech to The Wilderness Society, May 9 1980”

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