When I am out and about exploring Maine’s wildest places or riverside towns or coastal communities, it would be a rare moment that I don’t have a camera in hand. It is one significant way that I experience this place where I live. Photography provides me with both an escape from external distress or distractions as well as a tool through which I can express what I value about this world. Perhaps my focusing in on a particular moment or place or natural wonder might trigger a memory or a feeling in someone else that may then inspire a desire to be more connected to one place or another. Connectedness to a particular landscape often leads to action on behalf of that place.
For the past 16 years, Cheryl Daigle has worked with national and regional conservation organizations to communicate science and natural resource management issues to diverse audiences. She earned her M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine in 2002. She has a special love for nature writing, and her publication history includes a newspaper column on marine research in Cobscook Bay, essays in Orion, a national environmental magazine, and poetry in several regional literary journals. When she’s not at work or with family, she’s most likely to be found with a camera in hand documenting the landscape and culture of Maine.