Wildlife, Wild Places, Kitsch and Sundry: DFG Hailson Photography

 

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American Alligator, Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Florida. Image: DFG Hailson.

I have spent delight-filled days recording, through my camera’s lens, glorious natural wonders from the majestic Grand Canyon to the hoodoo-filled Bryce Amphitheater, from the lush and soul-soothing Everglades to the barren salt flats of Death Valley’s Badwater Basin, from the sanderling-bedecked white sand beaches of Topsail Island to the other-worldly cinder gardens and lava fields of the Craters of the Moon.

Along the way, my love of wildlife and wild places has deepened into a more fervent advocacy and my love of photography has developed into a deep passion. I am currently exploring and photographing the North Carolina coast. I invite you to visit my photography website–DFG Hailson Photography–and pray the images of and words about wild places, wildlife, roadscapes, waterscapes, kitsch and sundry–will speak to your heart and mind and lift your spirit.

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Paul Howard Manship was commissioned to make the sundial, Time and the Fates of Man, for the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. The Three Fates, sitting under the tree that holds up the sundial’s pointer, are characters from Greek mythology. Taken at Brookgreen Gardens with the park’s Christmas Tree alongside. Image: DFG Hailson.

Celebrating America’s National Parks Honored with 2017 IPA Award

23915845_1664407703581353_5732276055968733023_n (1)Two years ago today, I was celebrating the fact that I’d completed 35 chapters and an 11-page Notes section for Celebrating America’s National Parks, a book on which I was collaborating with photographer Clyde Butcher and designer David Griffin. I had just the last little bits to edit and all the pages to proof and then I would be on to trimming the tree. I’ve just learned that the book (released in 2016) has placed first in the category “Professional Book–Nature” in the 2017 International Photography Awards Competition.

Celebrating America’s National Parks is the second book I’ve written that has received an award. The first was one I co-authored: The Goddess Revival: A Biblical Response to God(dess) Spirituality (reprinted in 2010). That volume was honored as a Christianity Today Book of the Year.

I am now at work on The Rockery: Theology, Nature and the Arts as Spiritual Ambassadors for the Christian Faith. I’ll be searching for an agent and publisher as the new year opens and would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in learning more about this project. You’ll find me at: dfghailson@gmail.com or 484-437-6455.