I am a child of the west who grew up wandering in the mountains and wide open spaces. The adults in my life showed me the wonders of Yellowstone from Old Faithful to the delicate filaments waving in the overflow of a gentle hot spring. Mom generously shared her knowledge of how to identify the flowers in a small bouquet picked from the sagebrush meadow near our cabin in Colorado or the tracks in the mud by the stream where my father fished. Cousin Ruthie showed me ways to capture all that enthralled me with a camera.
These family teachers of my youth instilled a deep love of learning and fueled the fires of my intense love of detail and documenting. When a subject captures my attention, I dive straight in to the deep end, immersing myself in the topic, sometimes for years. Research, documenting along with technical and creative skills combine to allow me to create with the camera and computer as well as with watercolor, graphite and colored pencil, and of course, with words.
I have to pinch myself almost daily to see that I’m really here – living in the place my heart fell in love with back when I was six or seven near the East Gate of Yellowstone.
As an amateur naturalist, I plan to work toward making it more official in the coming years. My background as a teacher as well as the past decade of gaining and practicing skills are all coming together to create this site as an extension of my love of documenting life.
I believe life is savored more deeply when creating; therefore, I create daily. Creating leaves little room for drama, whining or complaining, but opens the door to deep gratitude for a life fully lived.
What I Do
I’m a writer/photographer who puts words and photos together in a variety of ways from books, to field journals and websites for myself and for select others. With a background in teaching (and coming from generations of teachers), sharing my skills and knowledge to empower others comes naturally.
I live a life connected to the nature and world around me. I document this life in my field journal and share that here on the blog. I hope it becomes an invitation for you to be outside more and fall in love with the nature surrounding you.
The photos, videos, artwork and writing on this site are copyright to their respective creators. Most of the images (unless otherwise stated) are the property of Janet Jones. If you are interested in licensing or using any material from this site, you must first get permission from the copyright holder. Copyright infringement is taken very seriously here. For permission to use or license material from this site belonging to Janet Jones, contact her via the contact form on the left.