I began a new series before Fall Artwalk titled Encounters in Nature. I wanted to capture pivotal memories and moments people have had with small creatures, bugs and birds. We tend to forget that our world is both strong and fragile, and that without these beings we would cease to exist. We also are caught in awe, fear, confusion and amazement when we get to look up close and personal at other living beings. Through a bit of exaggeration and distortion I am creating the emotional portrait of that meeting of the minds. My hope is to create 10o of these, and I thank those people who have sent me emails of themselves reprising that experience. If you are interested in contributing your magic moment in image and story, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.