Crab apple blossoms along the Oconaluftee River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina 1992


During Sierra Art Trails this past weekend, we had three ladies walk into my living room display of prints. One of them looked at the first print by the door, a 30×40 inch print of this image, gasped, and then tears of emotion flowed from her eyes she was so inspired by the print. We talked a bit, she asked about the print’s price, and we showed her a smaller print. After browsing a while, she and her friends left. The next day, she returned to buy the small print. She said she would hang it where she could see it everyday.

Of course, I was deeply moved by this reaction. I have had a long and blessed career, but sometimes it seems like a never-ending marathon to keep business going. This weekend I was reminded that sharing the beauty I find is such an honor and privilege. My passion for “landscapes of the spirit” lives on, inspired by the beauty around us everyday, and by when my imagery connects my experience to others.

Captured with my 4×5 camera in 1992 using a 120mm film back.

Enjoy and please share!

Cheers,  Bill

Published by William Neill

William Neill, a resident of the Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a landscape photographer concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in Nature. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill received a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado. In 1995, Neill received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography. Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a monthly column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, UBS Global Asset Management. His work was chosen to illustrate two special edition books published by The Nature Company, Rachel Carson's The Sense of Wonder and John Fowles's The Tree. His photographs were also published in a three book series on the art and science of natural process in collaboration with the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco: By Nature's Design (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1993), The Color of Nature (Exploratorium / Chronicle Books, 1996) and Traces of Time (Chronicle Books / Exploratorium, Fall 2000). A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published entitled Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness (Yosemite Association, 1994) which received The Director's Award from the National Park Service. A retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit (Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown, 1997) relates his beliefs in the healing power of nature. William has taught photography since 1980 for such prestigious organizations as The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Friends of Photography, Palm Beach Photographic Workshops, The Maine Workshops and Anderson Ranch Workshops. He specializes in landscape and nature photography and is concerned with conveying the beauty seen in Nature. Currently, he teaches online courses for BetterPhoto.com and One-on-One Workshops in his home studio near Yosemite National Park.

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  1. Your blog is one of the finest I have seen for a long, long time, I’m really impressed with your wonderful work. It’s been a great pleasure browsing.
    Best regards

  2. Nice to hear your story too, Brenda!

    It has always been important to me to show and sell my fine art prints, whether in open studio, galleries or art consultants. It is a great feeling to have them out there on walls where they can be enjoyed!

  3. Nice to hear your story too, Brenda!

    It has always been important to show and sell my fine art prints, whether in open studio, galleries or art consultants. It is a great feeling to have them out there on walls where they can be enjoyed!

  4. Hi Bill – what a great gift to receive back from this woman – whether she ever bought the print or not, the fact that she was moved to tears by your work is indeed a gift received. I have had that happen myself, back when I was doing Marin Open Studios, I know how it feels. Funny, I’ve been needing to ‘get back to’ making prints and getting them out there for the world to see (and buy) and lately been thinking about it a lot – your story is exactly why I want to get back to it. Nothing gives me greater pleasure or honor than to know that a print will sit on someone’s wall for many years and continue to inspire them…

    SO GLAD you had a good art trails!

  5. I hear ya BIll and concur !
    One year whileI was in the middle of many weeks of doing The Art Faire Circuit, I was exhausted, hot and tired, then a small little boy came running excitedly up to my booth and and unwaded some crumpled dollar bills and told me “How MUCH” he wanted to even buy one of my business card size magnets…
    Getting that kind of excitement out a little boy due to some of Nature’s Beauty also moved me tremendously ~ It IS indeed those moments of Pure Joy that keep us going…
    They are “The Cherry on Top” in between the daily grind.
    Glad you had a cherry last weekend ❤

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