Beauty of Nature Inspires Art

Two artists showcase the beauty of Wisconsin’s lands and waters in words and pictures.

Nature and Art Slideshow

See Wisconsin’s beauty in words and pictures.


Throughout human history, nature’s awesome power and stunning beauty have inspired artists from painters and sculptors to writers and poets.

Wisconsin is no exception. Two Green Bay artists recently collaborated on an effort that showcases the beauty of our state’s forests, rivers, lakes and streams in photographs and haiku. They have generously shared their work with The Nature Conservancy, and we bring it to you in this audio slideshow.

As a self-taught nature/landscape photographer, Darryl Beers has spent more than two decades wandering the Great Lakes states and Canada creating photographic imagery that captures the essence and the natural beauty of this unique region. Darryl's photographs have been featured in myriad regional, national and international publications via books, magazines, calendars, cards, murals and much more. His fine art photographic prints are found in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Dr. Raymond Reed Hardy is a retired professor of psychology. During his Army service in Vietnam he noted a wonderful calm mindfulness among Vietnamese Buddhists. Upon his return to civilian life, Hardy explored a range of meditation techniques eventually recognizing Zen as the ultimate meditation practice for Americans. His book, Zen Student: Remember, Live Right Now! (2006) introduces both his Zen and his haiku poetry.

Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin through Darryl’s images and Reed’s haiku poetry and help The Nature Conservancy protect the lands and waters that feed our bodies and touch our souls.


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