A barefoot girl reaches for the hand of a younger also barefoot girl to draw her through a gap in some bushes.
GROWING UP OUTSIDE: Photographer Terra Fondriest spent nearly a decade capturing images of her daughter Amelia, in purple, and her encounters with nature. © Terra Fondriest

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Amelia Outdoors

A Photo Essay

Summer 2019

Photographer and naturalist Terra Fondriest spent nearly a decade capturing her daughter’s encounters with nature around their family home in rural Arkansas. What emerged was a photographic growth chart, marking milestones of exploration, creativity and an emerging confidence forged outdoors.

A seated girl faces a chicken with a smile on her face and the chicken looks back at her.
CHICKEN Amelia likes to put chicken food on her feet so the chickens will peck it and tickle her toes. © Terra Fondriest
A girl holds a stuffed wolf in one arm and holds up her drawing of a wolf in the other.
WOLF We can hear coyotes around our house all the time, and she loves to howl back at them. She’s so proud that she communicates with the coyotes. She says she’s part wolf. © Terra Fondriest
A girl lies facedown on a log over a creek.
CREEK I find that when I am busy working around the house, often my kids will go off and find something to do on their own. They’ll play in the dirt. They’ll get creative. © Terra Fondriest
Closeup of a girl with a tadpole on her nose.
TADPOLE When their father comes home from work, they ask about the animals he saw and the kids tell him about the things they saw. So many things happen because we are outside. © Terra Fondriest