I’m from Central PA, and get most of my shots, in the backyard.  In 2009, I purchased a simple point and shoot camera, with an amazing macro.  My targets became insects and flowers, and it has since become a ‘love affair’. I’ve since moved on to bigger (not necessarily better) equipment, but I will always be grateful to my first camera that introduced me to this amazing little world.  My shots are raw, with no manipulation, other than a little editing afterward, like cropping, sharpening and brightening.  I keep the scenery intact, and don’t want to, or believe in, disturbing my subjects. 

Since I began this in 2009, I have learned so much and my eyes have been opened to such incredible beauty, complexity and understanding – and some not so nice stuff, like a praying mantis eating a silver-spotted skipper alive, a parasitoid wasp overtaking a monarch caterpillar, and others.   But, that’s nature!  It has been my greatest teacher, and my greatest inspiration. I am forever amazed, not only with the wealth of knowledge gained just by reading about the subject behind my lens, but by the complex and detailed beauty that most times can’t be seen with the naked eye.  Being in nature, has taught me to always take a closer look at everything, in their world and mine. One of my favorite quotes is: “The only difference between scary and beautiful, is knowledge.” 

Nature has re-introduced me to courage; taking life every day for what it is; and doing it gracefully. Being in nature, observing and studying their world, has also led me towards simplicity.  Their world is not so much different than our own. We, and they, truly do have all the same needs and wants, however their approach is embodied in simplicity, while we tend to complicate ours.    

The world is a crazy, beautiful place, and I am content just knowing I got to see it’s beauties, and its mysteries.  Every day is an adventure, when you just stop to take a closer look. 

We protect what we love, we love what we understand, we understand what we come to know. ~ Desra