Nature Through My Eyes

by Stephen P. Stark

photography by Stephen P. Stark

published by Stephen P. Stark

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Come walk with nature photographer Steve Stark and marvel at the wondrous beauty that is Colorado in more than forty of his spectacular photographs. Mountains and mesas, aspens and wildflowers, eagles and elk - seen through his photographer's eye, Steve reveals the soul-restoring wonders and beauties, both subtle and bold, of the special places he has discovered while exploring Colorado. "As readers view these images, it is my hope that they will open their eyes and understand why our natural world has to be protected," Steve says. "I cannot imagine what our lives would be like without nature."

    Steve's camera reveals the wild places of Colorado in all seasons and times of day. Discover the San Juan Mountains in the snowy cloak of winter at fifteen below zero. Be dazzled by the fiery reflection of golden aspen in a pond in autumn. Peer into the amazing blossom of a sego lily and wonder at the aeronautic skills of a hummingbird. "When I'm photographing nature, I try to put as much of myself into the images as possible," Steve explains. "Great images reflect not only what the subject looks like, but what you feel about the scene when you are taking the photo."

    Nature Through My Eyes: Colorado is collected in a beautiful softcover and offers readers the perfect way to discover Colorado's wild places and the reasons to protect them.

40 pages, 11 7/8" x 9", 2 b/w photos, 39 color photos

ISBN 10: 1591522072
ISBN 13: 9781591522072


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Nature Through My Eyes

We all seek places that help connect us to the universe. It is a search that is as essential to the human spirit as food and water is to our body. For me, those places are in the natural world. A journey through nature is one of self-awareness, one that must take place if we are to find inner peace. A sign at Hermit Falls in the Angeles National Forest in California expresses it so well - May your search through nature lead you to yourself.

I learned a long time ago that merely photographing nature cannot fulfill this search. We must experience nature firsthand, and in doing so, we connect with the universe. It is this connection that helps us better understand the natural world and its value to the human soul. I hope that all of us have a wild place that is special, a place we visit to relax, rejuvenate, and find peace. These places are essential to our well-being, and their disappearance makes our lives that much less fulfilled. We must protect and preserve these wild places, not just for ourselves, but to make sure they are there for future generations.

-from the Introduction

Stephen P. Stark align= Nature and photography have long been a part of Steve Stark's life. Growing up along the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg, New York, he spent most of his childhood enjoying the outdoors. Steve graduated from the Brooks Institute of Photography in 1981 and began his photography career. He was a staff photographer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Nevada Test Site and managed the photography department there as well before transferring to the main lab in Livermore, California.

In 2007, he fully committed himself to nature photography full time. After moving to Pagosa Springs, Colorado in 2012, he found it an ideal place for nature photography. He spends most of his time traveling the beautiful state of Colorado and capturing its landscapes and wildlife on film. His new book Nature Through My Eyes: Colorado is the result of these travels.

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