Hello, my name is Ann Skelton and welcome to Nature in Pixels. I had spent many years in left brain occupations, always knowing my right brain creative side was screaming to get out. As a young person I enjoyed taking pictures, but it wasn’t until later in life that I found photography and creating images to be the perfect outlet.
I have fallen in love with photography as well as finding a renewed passion for nature, mostly the peace and solitude of being outdoors. Peering through the viewfinder has made me see the world from a different perspective. It’s about the morning light on the mountains, the quiet beauty of a sunset or the simplicity of falling snow. I have traded in my high heels for pink polka dot rubber boots, hiking boots and snow boots.
When people ask if I’m a professional photographer, my answer is “I’m a passionate photographer!”, because I do love it so.
I have to thank three special individuals for their inspiration as I continue down this path. One of the first people I met in the photography world was Laurie Excell, an amazing person and nature photographer. My passion for capturing water images started on a trip to Columbia River Gorge with Laurie some years ago. Laurie’s website is www.laurieexcell.com.
The second person is renowned wildlife photographer Tom Murphy. His love of Yellowstone National Park and all of its wildness is infectious. He reminds me to keep it simple. Another piece of advice from Tom is, in my opinion, the essence of successful nature photography, “F8 and be there.” These are pretty good rules to live by as well. Tom’s website can be found at www.tmurphywild.com.
The most important is my husband Michael, who has patiently been by my side in the rain, the darkness, the heat and the cold as I practice this craft. His unending support gives me the strength to be the best I can be.
So I would like to invite you to come along on my journey and see the world through my viewfinder. We will seek out the beauty of landscapes and waterscapes, flora and fauna, amazing nature scenes or that whimsical moment in time that makes photography such a passionate endeavor!
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. --John Muir