Jane McLean Wilson | Photo-Naturalist
An acronym for my name describes who I am as a photographer…Just Another Nature Enthusiast
Nature – All the animals, plants, and other things in the world that are not made by people, and all the events and processes that are not caused by people.
Enthusiast – A person who is very interested in a particular activity or subject and who spends a lot of time on it.
Photo-Naturalist – A person who studies plants, animals, insects, and other living things and tells about them through photographs and words.
I’ve always seen myself as a curious mix of these three concepts… inspired as a youngster during Nature walks and star-gazing with my father, as a teenager who attended the first Earth Day celebration in Philadelphia, as a career teacher, and now as an Oregon Master Naturalist. When blended, they define who I am as a Nature Enthusiast and provide a pathway for continued life-long learning about our planet’s natural resources, organisms, systems, processes, and cycles… topics for my photography.
My vision as a photo-naturalist is to share images and thoughts as an act of gratitude and respect for all Nature provides. By doing so, it’s my hope to inspire others to be Nature Enthusiasts who value the quest for life-long learning and share their Nature knowledge with others.
Over time, the more acts of gratitude for Nature there are… the more likely we will be to morph Nature knowledge into Nature wisdom. I believe that shared wisdom is vital for the kind of decision-making processes needed to promote the health and well-being of fragile Earth. As I strive to combine light, moment, and composition to share my stories, I am conscious of the important role gratitude plays in my images.
The act of engaging gratitude as a powerful tool to affect positive ecological/environmental action is increasingly supported by behavioral and psychological research. By all indications, gratitude is a powerful path forward. I am committed to using my images to help pave such a path and imagine each photo as a seed sowed to help cultivate respect and gratitude for Nature along the way.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. ~Albert Einstein
- Preferred photo shoot location: natural environments | close-up and wide-angle
- Preferred lighting: natural
- Photography equipment: Nikon DSLR 850,500