Seeing the Beauty Around us Through the Eyes of a Photographer
Dale and I both are on the mend. Thank goodness for modern day antibiotics that help kick infections a little too ornery for our immune systems to handle on their own. Thank you, dear Living Large community, for the well wishes.
One of the reasons we moved to this beautiful paradise was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains. Of course, we do that as often as we can, but when we cannot, we have the wonderful photography of a famous Ozarks photographer, Tim Ernst to enjoy.
Now, however, we also have a wonderful book of photography by Kevin Pieper to enjoy as well. Kevin is the local photographer Mother Earth News hired to photograph Our Little House for the story I wrote for them last year.
On Saturday, we had to get out and do some errands, so we stopped by a book retailer where Kevin was hosting a book signing. Kevin is one of the photographers I highly admire and I only wish my nature photography was as beautiful as his.
While his photos use no words, like every good photographer I know, his photos tell a story just the same.
I came home and eagerly opened the book, savoring all of the essays, poems and especially, the great nature photography in this coffee table book.
His pictures truly brought the wonder of our region to life. I marveled at the beautiful landscapes, was overcome with sadness in “I Witnessed a Murder,” and was truly awed by one photo that really captured the soul of an insect through the photo of its’ eyes.
If you’ve never been to the Ozark Mountains and have dreamed of coming here – or if you love the Ozark Mountains and you long for them – this book would make a great addition to any coffee table collection.
My only regret is that we do not have room for a coffee table in Our Little House. I used to rotate my coffee table books at our house in the city and could display different ones all of the time.
Here, I will set Kevin’s book out in the Belle Writer’s Studio, where guests can take a look at the beauty around them through the eyes of a photographer.
Do you have a favorite nature photography book or coffee table book?