Authors and Artists Festival is so pleased to be able to show these images of the natural world by local photographers and other artists. All photos are by default copyrighted to the artist—take no pictures, leave no footprints—enjoy the online show.
Art from our book anthology: Honoring Nature
Megan Adams, Northfield, MA
This photo was taken just down the road from my house. It showcases the autumn leaves changing colors as they do this time of year. This road is always a beautiful place to view the Autumn foliage.
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This icicle photo was not quite taken intentionally, but when changed to black & white, I noticed how dramatic the whole effect is. The contrast of soft clouds and sky to the sharp, pointy icicles are examples of all the different facets of nature.
Sunrises where I live are one of my favorite things to photograph at the moment. As nature is always moving and changing, I had to work fast to capture this particular moment. It is amazing to see all the different shades of color the sky can take on in a matter of minutes.
Martin Espinola, Northampton, MA www.lighteffects.shutterfly.org
This chipmunk peeked out at me from his home a good ten feet up in the tree in Enders State Forest. It can be challenging to get photos of these shy critters since they rarely stand still for even a few seconds in their endless search for food or a place to hide.
I spotted this snail on a rock on Monhegan Island in Maine. I have rarely seen snails and was surprised to see the artistic designs nature had drawn on its shell home. Another wonder of nature.
These mushrooms just popped up overnight in my front lawn. I’d never seen any out there before that morning. I have no idea what mysterious force causes them to grow so quickly where they do and only on certain nights.
Marilyn London-Ewing – MLE Photography
OWL PHOTO – I always look for owls when I’m walking in the woods behind our home. This owl was sitting in a spruce tree overlooking our field. I love the patterns on its feathers juxtaposed with the spruce needles.
AUTUMN PHOTO – I love seeing nature’s colors in autumn. This image was taken from the Scott Bridge in Townshend, Vermont with the foliage reflected in the river. It reminds me of a landscape painting framed by the rectangular portal.
COLUMBINE PHOTO – The columbine, from my garden, is an image from my botanical collection. I enjoy using my macro lens to capture details of nature, like the hairs on a stem or a drop of water on a petal.
Winter Sunset, reminds me that even in winter, on a frigid day, there is beauty and peace.
Curlicue, is an example of nature’s calligraphy and whimsy. Who can’t use a smile?
Cate happened to catch this early morning image, Moonset with Icicles, when putting up the window shade and coming face to face with her face, Luna, nearly full, and delightfully back-lighting the icicles.
Cate Woolner, Northfield, MA
Cate Woolner lives in Northfield and primarily makes images of the natural world. Cate studied photography at GCC. All images are for sale.
Hear the Ocean: Camp Corin Fishing Area – Narragansett, RI – For me, a very solid rock and slowing the motion of the oceans waves accentuates the waters movement. I hear the ocean every time I look at this image.
Frog in Fall Waters: Fourmile Brook, Northfield, MA – With the cooperation of a very patient frog and intermittent sunlight I was able to capture this multilayered image at the end of September.
Ginny Newton, Erving, MA
Water and its changeable nature has always attracted me. I am grateful for photography and the opportunity it provides for capturing waters infinite beauty.
Reflected Trees: Unnamed Brook, Ashburnham, MA – The crystalline stillness of this stream and strong afternoon sun mirroring the reflection of the trees stopped me in my tracks.
Laura Kaye, Northfield, MA
Title: Cognitive Dissonance 22.5″ x 22.5″ Watercolor 2014
Statement: I was moved to create this painting after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines seven years ago. It honors the lives of people living in poverty-stricken areas whose dwellings cannot not stand up to the force of extreme weather, which is natural but profoundly altered by climate change..
Title: All of the Above 22.25″ x 17.50″ Watercolor 2018
Statement: This painting honors those who have stood up to resist the destruction of Nature caused by mining, pipelines, polluting industry, and unnatural barriers such as the wall on the US border with Mexico.
Title: Ripped Apart 16 x 16 Watercolor 2015
Statement: Even in a war zone, Nature survives, though its flourishing may be just a memory.
Betty Lynne Wolfson, Florence, MA
I have lived in the valley, here in Florence, for more than forty years.
In these times, after months of adoringly appreciating the beauty that is Western Massachusetts, I brought myself to the coast, to breathe in the sea air, and feel the sand between my toes, where the Dunes of Provincetown inspired this painting. Of Life, and Nature, of one thing we can rest assured, and that is change, in each moment, throughout time.
Richard St Clair, Northfield MA
American Sphinx oil on linen16″x14.5″
I was struck by the resemblance of rock formations in the west to figures and classic images from Egypt.
Robert Markey, Ashfield, MA
Fish: I went scuba diving, and the fish I saw were so beautiful I had to paint them.
Over the Rainbow: I love rainbows and birds so this painting has both.
Cambodian Water Buffalo: In Cambodia I did an art project with kids, and every day I would pass by this water buffalo. We became friends so I had to paint him.
Kacki St. Clair, Northfield, MA
photo collage, each 20″x16
Beach rocks, sand, water trails – all evoke the beauty and peacefulness of Cape Cod on a warm late afternoon. These images were captured on one such an afternoon in late September. Use of collage allowed me to follow various inner mood swings and visual lines of action.
Karma Kitaj, Bernardston, MA
- “Old Wood” using wood scraps from neighbor’s lumber yard and found objects including bicycle gears, bamboo strips, copper. Inspired by unruly nature that at times picks up man-made items in its track.
- “Afternoon” Encaustic and tar on plywood board Inspired by afternoon sun on tree branch
- “Swirling through Space” Encaustic and mixed media, collaged elements on plywood board. Inspired by image of galaxies swirling in universe.
Nina Rossi, Turners Falls, MA.
I created this sculpture because I found the piece of wood to be reminiscent of the classic sculpture, Winged Victory, in its stance. Using Natural material to make a victorious figure seemed appropriate to me. Nature insists, persists, and flourishes. (Other than this particular sculpture, I don’t often create things using bits of wood and bark.)
Movement-Language-Nature-Art a workshop with Rebecca R. Burrill 1/23/21
Picture Book by Ziporah Hildebrandt
This was an awesome workshop, I got a lot out of it. Also it was fun! The image with poem I created during the workshop, and a series, a “picture book” I created mostly immediately afterward, inspired by the whole process. Becky said towards the end of the class, in responding to someone’s drawing, that “the horizontal is the relational” or something like that. That impelled me to look at my image, in which there is action at bottom and top, and not in the middle. The relational is an area that has come up for me in other situations and times in my life, as being not so much problematic as absent or invisible in some way. Like the mountain in my image is in shadow.I said during the workshop I felt called to create a , picture book of my poem, and that is what occurred. Then, looking at what I had pictured for the words, I distinctly felt this wasn’t me in the pictures! It was my mother! With that insight, I was able to complete the story in the relational plane. Super interesting, and so profound becomes possible from this simple sequence of movements art words 🙂 Gratitude and blessings, Ziporah
Lines of Shadow Self with Rock by Hanna Cubra
Movement-Language-Nature-Art a workshop with Rebecca R. Burrill was the inspiration, and homework…(or nature work), for this video: Lines of Shadow Self with Rock.
In Becky’s class we explored the very beginnings of relationship by way of vibration, movement and sensory intelligence.
Primary language of primary relationships with myself and the world. Becky’s presentation of the theoretical foundations in the first half of class, supports and deepen understanding of her philosophy and her work in the Movement-Language-Nature-Art experience.
The activities in the 2nd half of class, further supported how we, in our present day bodies, have so many experiences of sound, movement, nature and vibration, that go un noticed.
This class was a delightful journey into art making and movement and sensory experiencing.
Making relationship with nature a regular practice helps me speak the primary language of the beginnings of me.