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  • Writer's pictureBethany Plonski


Welcome, and thanks for stopping by! In my first post I thought I’d tell you a little more about myself and my plans for this blog.

My photography journey began many years ago with my dad’s old Minolta camera. When I learned how to use manual settings, the idea that a camera could do more than point and shoot pretty much blew my mind! After that, I signed up for photography classes, learned to develop film and prints in a darkroom, and spent my summers wandering outside with my camera.

Over time, life got in the way and I wasn’t able to keep up with photography as a regular habit. I continued to take photos for my own enjoyment on hikes and special occasions, but I didn’t get serious about photography again until 2018, when I bought a second-hand camera and started taking digital photography classes in my spare time.

Testing my first DSLR on the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2018

Since then, photography has become such an important part of my creative life. It dovetails with my creative writing practice and has completely altered the way I view and participate in the world around me. I am a big believer in the saying “A camera is a tool that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Although I work full time as a writer now, I get out to take photos whenever I can. I love to explore the world around me and share what I learn with anyone who wants to learn more about nature.

I’ll be posting new photos regularly on this blog, so stay tuned for a mix of fun facts about nature, photo experiments, and occasional travelogues and pet fun.

I love turtles ... stick around and there will be many more!


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