From Our Neck of the Woods

Editor's Statement

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Summer is here and autumn will soon follow. I began thinking about which season do I prefer—the answer is “Yes, with joy.”

Are you asking yourself what kind of an answer is yes to the question? What I mean is that I enjoy each of the seasons the most when I am moving through that particular one.

Summer is beautiful in our neck of the woods. The landscape is lush green; the colors and shapes of the many flowers decorate fields as well as people’s gardens. Vegetables flourish and provide healthy local food. Pets like being outside, and farm animals are on pasture. Between taking Phyllis for walks and going to the pasture where a small portion of the Tide Mill cattle live in the summer, I have plenty of outdoor time. Time moves at a quicker pace.

Autumn turns our world into a palette of red, gold, and orange—our Creator’s paintbrush is exhibited in its glorious wonder. The air becomes crisp, and the scent of wood stoves burning fills the air as fall gives way to winter.

Winter is either brown or white—well, except for the luxuriant evergreens which are extraordinarily beautiful. Winter has a silence, and there’s a feeling of remoteness that’s comforting, but also puts me on high alert to be vigilant of icy walkways and roads. Walks with Phyllis require bundling up, as do visits to the dairy barn to do my few chores. While being with Wish2 and her bovine friends on pasture in summer is wonderful, there is something special, in a different way, in the barn during winter. You can see the vapor from the animals’ breath. The air is cold—sometimes frigid. And I feel very alive.

Spring is often slow in coming, but when the first buds on the trees appear and the crocus bloom, the air starts to warm. Mud season arrives with the promise of summer soon to follow. And the cycle begins again.

I’ve discovered that as long as I live in the present, whatever the season, life is rich. And over the years I’ve found that, like the seasons, life also changes.

My life is simple and basically consists of magazine work, spending time with Marty and Phyllis, working with Wish2 and the dairy cattle at the farm, talking with friends, cooking organic meals, doing household chores, food shopping, reading, attending church. We delight in seeing our dentist, naturopath, chiropractor, ophthalmologist, and veterinarian. Life is joyful.

When you call, being in the moment with you is marvelous. Thank you for your support.

       We wish you peace, love, and superb summer and early autumn photography adventures. Marty and I send our best wishes to you for days filled with joy!

         With love, Helen

Spring is the season much anticipated by those living in the northern latitudes. Days are filled with beautiful memories. New life is ushered in by sunshine and gentle breezes. The landscape turns green dotted by the many colors of spring flowers. Birds are busy building nests while mammals seek safe places to give birth to their young. All of these miracles unfold on schedule each spring without any assistance by humans. God is in control. These daily miracles in nature are gifts to all who take the time to see. And, for the nature photographer, seeing translates to photographic opportunities. 
As you move through spring filling your flash cards or capturing the miracles on film, cherish each moment for that moment will never be repeated. 
Immediately after I typed the above statement Marty came in with the mail. In the mail was a rose-colored envelope from Bonnie West, Larry West’s wife. It contained news that I was unaware of—that Larry West, one of the real greats among nature photographers, had passed away on December 15, 2015. Tears of sadness streamed down my face-. The nature photographic community has lost a valued member. Sadness was mixed with memories of Larry’s immense gifts to this magazine. During the early days of Nature Photographer he willingly spent much time on the phone counselling me. Larry’s wisdom was a tremendous help and I am forever grateful.
Cherish each moment in life, because the only aspect of life that is certain is change. You may never have the opportunity to speak with a special friend again. You will never have the opportunity to marvel at that unusual and unique sunrise you photographed—another sunrise but not the one you just captured to share with others. Every moment is just that—a moment in time unlike any other.
Speaking of memories—yes, I am still creating them in the barn at Tide Mill Organic Farm with Wish2 and her summer pasture mate Ubie, along with two other yearlings and three weaners who are their herd mates in the barn. Working with them is joyful—they make me smile and teach me lessons. And, the exercise is a plus. Wish2 is now far larger than in the photo to the right-—weighing 600+ pounds.
You are special, and we are deeply grateful for your readership of Nature Photographer. This magazine exists because of you. It is always a pleasure when you call and share your time with us. We enjoy meeting readers via the phone and talking with you. Life can become so busy that it is easy to let opportunities slip away for the creation of precious memories. 
Our wish for you is that spring enriches your life with peace, joy, love, and superb photography opportunities! 
 
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