Thursday, September 16, 2010

In Honor of Courtney Milne

The world was made a better place by the existence of nature photographer Courtney Milne. His breath-taking photographs of sacred places throughout the planet including those of his back yard swimming pool combined with his gentle and generous wisdom taught us much about life, the planet, ourselves and our potential. Sadly, I just learned this morning that Courtney Milne died last month. He encouraged us to see the beauty before our eyes, to play with photography, to discover what stuff the planet is made of and just what we are made of.

He shared many of his photographs and much of his wisdom on his website. You may have noticed a link to him in the right column under "Photographers I Like." For a visual feast, visit his "Pool of Possibilities" gallery HERE. And while you're there, be sure to read about him, his philosophy and his exercises for "Seeing with New Eyes." It may change your life for the better.
I was fortunate to hear Courtney Milne speak several years ago at a convention. It was one of the most inspiring, eye-opening and beautiful speeches I have ever heard. In honor of Courtney Milne, here are a few of my own photographs inspired by his work.

This is the Zelenci Nature Reserve near the village of Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. An underground spring bubbles up in this spot and forms the headwaters of the Sava River, a tributary of the Danube. Here's to you, Courtney Milne, and the thoughts, courage and insight you encouraged. May your good works and the collective good works from all those you've inspired continue to bubble forth to make a pool, a stream, a river of difference.


  1. I didn't realize you knew Courtney Milne. He was from the next province over and was a great friend to our camera club. We had him doing workshops and fundraisers for our club a few times. He will be missed.

  2. Hi, Elaine,
    Nice to hear from you. I should have made the connection on the cruise. Of course, you and Reg would have been familiar with Courtney Milne's work and you might even have known him! What an amazing talent, spirit and philosophy. I only met him for a few minutes. How lucky you were to have known him better.

    He wrote in my book to "Stay home." While I didn't do that, his idea that we can find incredible beauty in our own back yard has never been lost. What an inspiring teacher.

  3. Martha, thanks for introducing me to the photography of Courtney Mile. There are some wonderful examples on his website - I only wish the images were much larger - and what he writes does resonate very well with me.
    And your images certainly breathe a bit of his spirit, not only the ones in this post, but also the Thumsee images you showed me in Vienna.

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  5. Thanks, Markus,
    I'm so glad you are enjoying Courtney Milne's work and philosophy...and am flattered that you see his influence in my images of Thumsee. I remember a striking photo that you took of Thumsee with a segmented reflection of the trees in the lake....Your "pool of possibilities" could be beautiful Thumsee in your back yard.