Mountain Mist

CompanyPrivate
PhotographerCyanne Smith
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

In late May, a snowy mist descending on Rocky Mountain National Park provided this majestic view. Here, mist consumes the valley, crags and crevices, and appears to emanate from the mountain itself.

About Photographer

Growing up more outdoors than in, with plenty of space, surrounded by nature, presupposes an affinity to the outside world. So it is with me, who remembers countless hours of childhood, wandering through fields on the farm, observing nature’s abundance around me. As an only child, I spent a lot of time by myself, and this world became a close friend. Trees, wildflowers and weeds, bees, fireflies, birds, clouds in the sky, were patient listeners as I put into words what I could tell no one else. I, therefore, developed a great appreciation of, and respect for, the natural world. That spacious environment allowed me the freedom to be the person I would become, to give me my own voice, if only to a startled lizard or a blackberry bush. It is in nature’s environment where I became aware of, and conversed with, the spiritual aspect of my life. It is with nature where I still feel most at ease. If I am inside, sit me next to a window facing trees, water, mountains, or grasslands, please! My passion, then, is nature, and its inclusion in a much broader sense, science. Consequently, this is the focus of my photography. I am intrigued by the fact that everything is connected through nature, which encompasses the smallest elements of our being. I express my fascination with this natural world through various mediums, not only through photography, but painting, writing, music, or simply learning, experimenting to better understand how everything connects us. To reveal the character and individuality of wildlife, I strive to make eye contact with the subject in its natural habitat and capture this through the lens. In scenery, I attempt to convey the feeling, or mood, of the raw landscape that is presented to the observer, whether beautiful, haunting or chaotic. Through the creative process, it is also my hope that we all will develop a deeper understanding of — and make decisions more harmonious with — our natural environment. My interests, beside photographing the outdoors, are hiking, traveling, music, writing, creative art, and occasionally, skiing, biking, and running. My sources for photographic subjects are found, predominantly, on the east coast and in Colorado, where my husband and I divide our time. We have 4 dogs and 2 cats, and various wildlife, to keep us company.