I dedicate this book to the courageous individuals who stood up to proclaim the need to save our wild places and to the forward-thinking ones who created the National Parks “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Their consideration for both the environment and for future generations has given us the pleasure of seeing portions of our country as pristine, unchanged and unspoiled as they were long ago. I also dedicate this book to the National Park employees and volunteers of today who work hard to maintain these treasures in healthy condition so that the parks may continue to be a source of solace and peace in our modern world. This book was released in 2016 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States National Park system.
Wilderness, to me, is a spiritual necessity. When my son was killed by a drunken driver, it was to the wilderness that I fled in hopes of regaining my serenity and equilibrium. The mysterious spiritual experience of being close to nature helped restore my soul. It was during that time I discovered the intimate beauty of the environment. My experience reinforced my sense of dedication to use my art form, photography, to show people that there is a unity between all undisturbed natural places, whether a peak of a renowned mountain range or a stream-bed in an urban watershed. My hope is to educate…to let people know our land is a special place and to inspire others to work together to save nature’s places of spiritual sanctuary for future generations.