About me - Joseph Verdirame Nature Photography

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my site!  Immersing myself in nature, and capturing the images to preserve those special moments, has been a life-long passion of mine.  Through this site, I hope to share my enthusiasm with you, and hopefully contribute to a greater appreciation of nature and conservation.

On one memorable trip to the Canadian Rockies, I recall being overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains, glaciers and lakes.  I was spellbound, and wanted nothing more than to simply sit for a while and contemplate the spectacle.  In that timeless environment, the usual distractions in our lives seem completely irrelevant.  More recently, I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and travel to Africa on safari.  Although it is well-known that Africa's national parks and game preserves are teeming with life, I was still taken aback by the sheer abundance and diversity of flora and fauna in Tanzania.  I highly recommend an experience like this to anyone interested in nature.

My fascination with wildlife goes back to my childhood, growing up on a farm in Markham, Ontario, Canada.  Catching a glimpse of a graceful deer emerging from our woodlot, watching a fox take her kits out of the den to play in spring, and seeing a hawk soar peacefully overhead...these were only some of the unforgettable moments I experienced there.  I now take every opportunity I can to immerse myself in the beauty of natural places.

I currently reside in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, though I often wish I could be closer to the majestic wildlife and landscapes of California or the Canadian Rocky Mountains, two of my favourite places.  Fortunately, opportunities to view and photograph wildlife can be found almost anywhere in North America.  I enjoy frequent trips to Algonquin Provincial Park and other Ontario parks, as well as to wooded areas and parks closer to home.

One of my favourite songs, "Ordinary Miracle" by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, celebrates the everyday wonders of life that we often take for granted.  It reminds us of the importance of taking time out from our hectic lifestyle to pause, breathe deeply, and marvel in the spectacle of nature.  I hope you enjoy my galleries and will be inspired to explore your very own 'ordinary miracles' in a natural setting near you. 

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