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Having had the good fortune to work and play in nature most of my early life, it became obvious to me I had to spend my life outside. After working as a National Park Ranger, a mountain climbing guide, ski patrolman and a few other lesser jobs, I went back to school in marine biology, doing research on sea otters, which at the time were in trouble. I had come to love these creatures and set out naively thinking that if I could only portray to the public how they survived the ocean storms, raised their young and the danger of extinction they faced, then the otters would be saved.

This was my entry into photography. I first took still pictures for lectures and magazine articles, and then started a film about this unique creature. The film was eventually shown in over 100 countries to an estimated 100 million people. I had found a platform to speak from. Forty-five films later, some for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, etc., I am still working to portray what we have in the natural world, and its importance to our spiritual direction in a time where the calm of nature is less reflected in our beings than at any other time in the history of man.

Along the way, I added art to the biology. My last film for The Living Eden series, Patagonia, was a finalist for an Emmy for cinematography. I have continued to shoot still pictures, now often focusing on the simple beauty and design of nature. I have changed mediums from large format 4x5, to shooting digital. I have never lost touch with the original motivation of using the photography medium to show people the wonder and beauty of nature, and making a plea for sanity in dealing with our natural environment. Pristine natural environments provide optimum opportunity for each of us to experience the calm and wholeness of our being, which is really our natural state. While searching for photographs, I rely on what touches my center, and then with logic and camera I make the effort to pass on to the viewer the original feeling that drew me to the scene. - Jeff Foott
Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California
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00558969 Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Desert Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) and Dune Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) in desert, Mojave Desert, California
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00560644 Desert Sand Verbena (Abronia villosa) and Dune Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) in desert, Mojave Desert, California© Jeff Foott
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum), Redwood National Park, California
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00558985 Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum), Redwood National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Sandstone formations, Zion National Park, Utah
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00559019 Sandstone formations, Zion National Park, Utah© Jeff Foott
Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah
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00559023 Virgin River, Zion National Park, Utah© Jeff Foott
Sand dunes, Mojave Desert, California
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00560647 Sand dunes, Mojave Desert, California© Jeff Foott
Coniferous trees in mist, Yosemite National Park, California
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00560650 Coniferous trees in mist, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Sand dunes, Eureka Dunes, Last Chance Range, Death Valley National Park, California
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00560664 Sand dunes, Eureka Dunes, Last Chance Range, Death Valley National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) flowers in alpine basin, Colorado
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00560666 Colorado Blue Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea) flowers in alpine basin, Colorado© Jeff Foott
Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in fall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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00560671 Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in fall, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee© Jeff Foott
Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) and fir tree in fall, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
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00560675 Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) and fir tree in fall, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah© Jeff Foott
Waterfall, Sweet Creek, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon
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00560677 Waterfall, Sweet Creek, Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon© Jeff Foott
Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus) flowers in old lava, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
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00560679 Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower (Mimulus nanus) flowers in old lava, Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho© Jeff Foott
Thunderbird petroglyph made by Ancestral Puebloans, Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
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00572615 Thunderbird petroglyph made by Ancestral Puebloans, Comb Ridge, Cedar Mesa, Bears Ears National Monument, Utah© Jeff Foott
Star-flowered False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina stellata) and Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves in autumn, Zion National Park, Utah
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00558921 Star-flowered False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina stellata) and Bigtooth Maple (Acer grandidentatum) leaves in autumn, Zion National Park, Utah© Jeff Foott
Cottonwood (Populus sp) tree in hole, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
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00575510 Cottonwood (Populus sp) tree in hole, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah© Jeff Foott
Rock pinnacle, Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
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00577873 Rock pinnacle, Coyote Buttes, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona© Jeff Foott
Bentonite clay deposits, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
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00577876 Bentonite clay deposits, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona© Jeff Foott
Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California
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00559026 Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Desert, Lake Mead, Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada
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00575512 Desert, Lake Mead, Gold Butte National Monument, Nevada© Jeff Foott
Cascade Creek, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553512 Cascade Creek, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Turret Arch and La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Utah  -  Jeff Foott
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00553439 Turret Arch and La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Utah© Jeff Foott
Water in pan at sunrise,  Cottonball Basin, Death Valley National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553513 Water in pan at sunrise, Cottonball Basin, Death Valley National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553424 Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Mountain Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) flowering over river, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553506 Mountain Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) flowering over river, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553350 Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California© Jeff Foott
California Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553351 California Rhododendron (Rhododendron macrophyllum) flowering in Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forest, Redwood National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax), Mount Reynolds, Glacier National Park, Montana  -  Jeff Foott
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00553403 Bear Grass (Xerophyllum tenax), Mount Reynolds, Glacier National Park, Montana© Jeff Foott
Forest in autumn, Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553363 Forest in autumn, Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation,Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona  -  Jeff Foott
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00553381 Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation,Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona© Jeff Foott
Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553385 Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Golden Cholla (Opuntia echinocarpa) cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona  -  Jeff Foott
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00553389 Golden Cholla (Opuntia echinocarpa) cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona© Jeff Foott
Agave (Agave sp) leaf covered with dew, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona  -  Jeff Foott
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00553390 Agave (Agave sp) leaf covered with dew, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona© Jeff Foott
Sand dune, Mojave Desert, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553391 Sand dune, Mojave Desert, California© Jeff Foott
Cascade, Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee  -  Jeff Foott
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00553479 Cascade, Little River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee© Jeff Foott
Old Patriarch and moon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553395 Old Patriarch and moon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Waterfall in winter, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553407 Waterfall in winter, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553396 El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Coniferous trees at sunrise, Valley, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553410 Coniferous trees at sunrise, Valley, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Mule-ears (Wyethia amplexicaulis) flowering near rock formation, The Organ, Arches National Park, Utah  -  Jeff Foott
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00553412 Mule-ears (Wyethia amplexicaulis) flowering near rock formation, The Organ, Arches National Park, Utah© Jeff Foott
Mountain Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) flowering over river reflection, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553425 Mountain Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) flowering over river reflection, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Waterfalls and pool, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553426 Waterfalls and pool, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
Devils Tower, Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553430 Devils Tower, Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Cloud over mountain range, Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553435 Cloud over mountain range, Grand Tetons, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming  -  Jeff Foott
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00553437 Lower Yellowstone Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Jeff Foott
Cascade Creek, Yosemite National Park, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553464 Cascade Creek, Yosemite National Park, California© Jeff Foott
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Goldfield (Lasthenia californica), and Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta) flowers, Antelope Valley, California  -  Jeff Foott
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00553483 California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Goldfield (Lasthenia californica), and Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta) flowers, Antelope Valley, California© Jeff Foott
Autumn leaves along creek, Acadia National Park, Maine  -  Jeff Foott
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00553486 Autumn leaves along creek, Acadia National Park, Maine© Jeff Foott
Oneida Falls, Kitchen Creek, Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania  -  Jeff Foott
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00553489 Oneida Falls, Kitchen Creek, Ricketts Glen State Park, Pennsylvania© Jeff Foott
Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) trees in fall, George L. Smith State Park, Georgia  -  Jeff Foott
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00553493 Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) trees in fall, George L. Smith State Park, Georgia© Jeff Foott
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