Nightscape Photo began as a hobby and has taken on a life of its own. I've always enjoyed being outdoors and taking outdoor, nature and animal photography. I am also fascinated by the night sky; the immensity and magnificence of the stars; the moonlit lakes, forests and deserts; animals I've encountered at night in Michigan, Wisconsin and other places; and the beauty of thunderstorms, both at night and during the day. For many years I have taken many photos for my own use and enjoyment. At the urging of family and friends, I am sharing with the world what I see with those who are interested.
To better understand what I see, I'd like to share something personal. In 2003 I battled and beat cancer. I was not given good odds. Facing this life threatening illness had a profound affect on me and caused me to reevaluate my priorities. I have spoken with many other cancer survivors, as well as some that ultimately lost the battle, who have had similar experiences. One common thread to our experiences is that what many of us believe, or used to believe, was "important," turned out to not be as important as we thought. That which we took for granted, however, turned out to be very important.
Life is short and meant to be lived and shared. People, relationships, and the world around us are, in the end, what truly matters. The natural world, in one form or another, has been here since the beginning of time and will be here at the end of time. Humans, on the other hand, are merely passing through.
I hope you enjoy the world I see.
© Bill Mortimer Photography