Category Archives: Landscape

Summer 2019 Nature Photography Classes and Workshops by Jim Crotty and the Centerville-Washington Township Park District

I am happy to announce that I will be presenting a new series of outdoor photography classes and workshops this summer in partnership with the Centerville-Washington Township Park District in two of their parks, south of Dayton, Ohio. Programs will be presented at both Bill Yeck Park and Grant Park, both located in Centerville. These areas are beautiful locations for learning and practicing outdoor nature and landscape photography, offering a variety of habitats including woodland trails, creeks, and tall grass meadows.

I will be leading each class through the basics of exposure and best camera settings as well as developing artistic vision for natural compositions. Subjects will range from insects, wildlife, plants, flowers, and the wider landscapes and skyscapes that make summer in Ohio so beautiful.

There are both weekday and weekend classes available. The dates, locations, web page with details are as follows for each class. Prices are listed on each page:

Registration is now open via the links listed above, however, students will need to create an account first @ https://cwpd.recdesk.com/CommunityHome.

Students are encouraged to bring an entry level DSLR camera with changeable lenses or a point and shoot camera with manual exposure capabilities. Each class will include time within the classroom reviewing the basics for effective digital image editing.

I am very much looking forward to bringing my love for nature and landscape photography, as well as for teaching photography, to the Centerville-Washington Township Park District. I have been actively presenting and teaching photography workshops in Ohio since 2009.

For questions and help registering contact the main office for the Park District @ (937) 433-5155.

Below is just a sampling of some of the images I’ve captured last spring and summer at Bill Yeck Park.

June at Bill Yeck Park | Fine art nature and landscape photography by Jim Crotty of Dayton Ohio area
July evening at Bill Yeck Park | Fine art nature and landscape photography by Jim Crotty of Dayton Ohio area
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly by Jim Crotty

Showing of Fine Art Prints | My Best Nature and Landscape Photographs at Anne Bier Gallery in Greenville Ohio








I will be displaying 30 large format, fine art nature and landscape prints representing some of my best work from over the last five years at the Anna Bier Art Gallery, located within the St. Clair Memorial Hall at 215 W 4th Street in Greenville, Ohio. All prints presented will be for sale including 30″x40 canvas gallery wraps, 22″x30″ giclee prints on rag mat finish, and 20×16 giclee on fine art lustre paper. The images selected are also featured in my latest book release, “Soul-Stardust-Sandstone.” The exhibition runs from December 9 2018 to January 19 2019 with the opening reception on the evening of December 9th, from 6-9PM coinciding with the sold-out performance by the “Texas Tenors” singing group.

There is an excellent article written by local Arts Columnist Marilyn Delk for The Daily Advocate describing many of the prints that will be on display and my creative inspiration behind each image. The online version of this article is @ https://www.dailyadvocate.com/opinion/64471/dcca-news-every-picture-tells-a-story-2.

I will be attending the opening reception of December 9th. It would be great to see you there and sharing in the fine art print presentation of my visual discoveries and love for nature and landscape photography.








Give the Gift of an Ohio Spring | Photography Workshop by Jim Crotty








I’m happy to announce my next two-day photography workshop in Hocking Hills, set for early May 2019. This workshop will begin Sunday evening May 5th at The Inn at Cedar Falls and run through Tuesday afternoon, May 7th. Early May is a spectacular time in the hills, hollows, and trails of Hocking Hills, with vibrant new growth and flowing waterfalls. The cost of this workshop is $175 which includes expert guidance and instruction (I’ve been leading workshops in Hocking Hills for ten years!), workshop handouts, and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday.

My photography workshops are a fun balance of both classroom instruction and in the field guidance on the art and craft of nature and landscape photography. I welcome all levels of experience. All that is required is a DSLR camera body, a good lens, and a sturdy tripod. I limit my workshop groups to 20 students so that I can provide individual attention to each and every attendee. There are more details about this particular workshop at https://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops.

This workshop is a great opportunity for that unique gift for that shutterbug in your family or amongst your friends too! I’d be happy to provide a custom, printable PDF gift certificate to present on Christmas. To register or buy a gift certificate, please email me or call 937-896-6311 today 🙂








2018 | Renew the Authentic and the Compassionate Heart








We have the capacity to choose what echoes through the coming years of our lives, whether it be the pain of hurt and regret or the memory of those times when we pushed through with faith to carry-on to new growth and possibilities.

The temptation to remain in the comfort of hurt and regret is always there, particularly when we find ourselves in environments where we are surrounded by reminders of our past and there’s a constant, dark shadow energy of playing it safe and serving something that will never serve what’s best for our hearts.

It’s all meaningless when we commit ourselves to the discipline of growth and change and shake loose the tentacles of our past who are dependent on maintaining their cold, hard grips. It’s all noise when we choose to listen to the soul-destiny of what should – and still can – be in the full fruition of our talents. It’s nothing compared to the light of our courage to go on and prove to the dark shadow energy just how dark and sad it really is.

The excuses we convince ourselves of are just that, excuses. Instead just imagine the wonderful power of change and example being set for the generations to follow, to not succumb, to challenge, to grow, to stay fully in awareness of heart, mind and soul. To be beyond our present circumstances in fully in the light of possibility.

May 2018 be the year all of us break free from all that is toxic for the soul and return to the essence of what is good and lasting and hopeful.

Modernity and its money-induced machines have placed in us this tendency toward unhealthy addictions that do nothing but serve our fears and egos while starving the heart, of true connection, of authenticity, of compassion beyond mere appearances. There is so much more to life than all of that. I know!

May 2018 be the year we regain the high ground not of pride and self-appointed authority of some pain we refuse to release but of reawakened wonder and pursuit of what it is that makes the heart sing in pure, honest joy. Hold there – the real high ground – and let love hold what is beautiful in you and let the light fill fully where it has longed to be.








The Great Expanse








The great expanse. Perhaps we are naturally drawn to scenes of great distances not just for the beauty of the vista but also because of what such scenes have come to represent within ourselves. The opening, a journey, an adventure. More than anything else the overcoming of the fears that keep us stranded within our starting points and our visions limited and small. Out upon that great expense is our faith. Beyond ourselves a love far greater and more powerful than what we assume keeps us safe and comfortable. The ships of our souls weren’t built to be tied and anchored. They were built for full sails toward the light.

Early March at sunset over meadow at Sugarcreek MetroPark near Dayton Ohio by Jim Crotty

September in the meadow at Sugarcreek MetroPark near Dayton Ohio by Jim Crotty

Farm fields in late March near Laurelville Ohio by Jim Crotty








Seek the Authentic – Be Authentic








Seek authenticity, marvel in its presence but resist the urge to simply imitate. What is truly authentic should only inspire you to find what is already authentic in you. Doing so has become increasingly challenging in the popular culture of today where the emphasis is on appearance and immediate visual stimulation. Popular culture devours the authentic with an insatiable appetite and then sits in the corner, sad and empty-hearted. Just look what has happened to the most well known art and music “festivals.” There’s the perfect example. Imitation is a disguise for those who can’t – or have failed to – locate their own voice and it doesn’t help that we have entire industries that cater to imitation. Inspiration is the far better journey. Defy popularism. Be true, be inspired and become a source of inspiration versus imitation. That’s where you will find the good and lasting stuff.

Sunset sky over Albuquerque New Mexico on August 7 2014 by Jim Crotty

Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty

Sunset sky near Los Alamos New Mexico on March 6 2012 by Jim Crotty

Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty

Weathered texture of abandoned homestead in the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Area of New Mexico by Jim Crotty

An August day out on the Diamond Tail Ranch near Albuquerque New Mexico with Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours