A few years back, I read Richard Louv's 2005 book Last Child in the Woods. It describes the harmful physical, emotional and cognitive effects of our growing disconnection from nature, and what we can do to address this problem.
I can personally speak to the therapeutic effects of "Vitamin N." In an effort to avoid becoming a couch potato, I'm actively trying to spend more time outdoors. Engaging all of my senses in natural spaces truly helps provide clarity and calm, and - best of all, I think - inspires wonder.
Louv's perspectives helped to inspire Focus on Nature, a local organization devoted to connecting children with nature through photography. Dedicated staff and volunteers organize and conduct workshops encouraging kids to explore the outdoors and interpret their discoveries through the camera.
I titled this water series "Flow" not only for the obvious reason, but also because I'm in flow (in other words, happily "in the zone") when outdoors photographing nature. I'm glad our kids can have the same opportunity. Fifteen percent of the purchase price of any sized print from the "Flow" collection will support programming at Focus on Nature.