A tribute to the beauty of Mother Earth

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans”. –  Evo Morales

Oh Mother Earth how I love thee. I am disheartened by the constant heartache you have to face.  The earthquakes, the floods, the wildfires and the taking away of your beauty. It saddens me greatly. You are such a beautiful place! I sincerely hope that future generations learn to love and protect you and don’t throw the beauty we have away. There is so much working against you.

As I breathe in the thick smoky, polluted air today that has blown in to Minnesota all the way from the fierce wildfires burning in Alberta, Canada, I am sad and filled with despair. When will we take better care of our most important thing we have? Our planet? 

Of course some of these forces are simply due to Mother Nature but many other devastating things are due to humans. How will you handle over 8 billion people living and taking your resources? I wish there was an easy answer.

Eagle Mountain, Minnesota

Our beautiful pristine Northern Minnesota.

“When we recognise the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born”. – Thich Nhat Hanh


The green lush countryside of Guatemala

“You carry Mother Earth within you. She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment. In that insight of inter-being, it is possible to have real communication with the Earth, which is the highest form of prayer”. –  Thich Nhat Hanh

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Landscapes around the world

I’ve always been in love with landscapes. Being outside breathing in the pure air of the mountains or the tropical heat of the jungle, landscapes are my absolute favorite thing to photograph.  I am passionate about traveling the world on foot and have been an avid hiker and traveler all my life. There are so many more places I want to see that I have to be patient. It is hard being a wanderlust!

Base Camp 2, Machete Route, Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania

One such place I’ve never explore on foot yet is northern California home to John Muir, one of the most revered environmentalist, naturalist, and writers of his days. His work as an environmental philosopher set the tone for the first ever preservation of wilderness in the United States. Later he went on to found the Sierra Club, an environmental conservation organization, and the 211-mile (340 km) John Muir Trail in his beloved Sierra Nevada was named in his honor (a trail I would love to hike!).

His writing has resonated with my soul especially because I share his love and passion for nature. His quotes especially strike a chord with my heart and I often can hear myself whispering them silently while I hike and take in the incredible offering that we’ve been blessed with.

Base Camp 2, Machete Route, Mount Kilimanjaro Tanzania

I dedicate this post of my favorite landscapes around the world, to the poetry and mindfulness of John Muir and his legacy of saving some of the most pristine places on earth. Here are his words side by side my photography.

“The mountains are calling and I must go”.

The mountain air of the French Alps

Vanoise National Park, France

Vanoise National Park, France

Vanoise National Park, France

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul”. 

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