© Michael Lee Photography



“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”
– Rachel Carson

The landscape was my first pursuit in photography. Like my father, I am inspired by the work of great landscape photographers – Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Elizabeth Carmel. But what most inspires me is the landscape itself – its beauty and grandeur, its ability to make one feel small and humbled amongst giant pillars of stone that are billions of years old, among trees as tall as skyscrapers and as old as the bible, or within grooves in the deepest crack on earth. I love to be in these wild and beautiful places and feel it’s important to share stories about them through my photography.

In the spring of 2002 my passions for both photography and the landscape collided, and sent me on a new path to explore the world around me through a camera lens. Some of the stories illustrated in these photographs are from my own backyard, and others are from our nation’s most precious jewels – the national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas. To learn more about how to support and enjoy wild places, click here.