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Olmstead Point, Yosemite National Park, California. This huge nature spirit overlooks the famous site where Frederick Law Olmstead ruminated many a long hour as he was formulating the plan for the USA National Park System.

This July we’re celebrating park lands around the world with our theme, Nature Spirits in Parks and Preserves. Your photo can be of any type of nature spirit – tree, rock, cloud, energy…  but it has to have been photographed in a Park, Preserve or designated Conservation area. You need to identify the location. Tell us a bit about the park, your trip there, and yourself.

Send your photograph – we prefer a .jpg with a maximum of 1000px long side – to info@crystal-life.com  The winner receives a $50 gift certificate to Crystal Life and their image appears in our social media and monthly Nature Spirits Newsletter. Your entries are automatically entered into our annual contest. You can send a maximum of five images in one month.

Dragon Castle, Bryce Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. Three Lords (and a lady not seen here) look out over this huge amphitheater. Their protective dragon stands guard along the hillside below them and going back, on the opposite mountain, is a castle enclosure with beings waiting for an audience.

Hermit of Sabino Canyon, Arizona

This peaceful hermit lives beside a bridge in Sabino Canyon, Coronado National Forest, Arizona. Above him is another darker spirit – a protector of the hermit.


Parks and Preserves are priceless treasures, and they are experiencing hard times around the world. The human desire to cull natural resources for commercial use, and to transform natural sites into building lots, is pitting beauty against commerce. Parks and Preserves often have the most complex and beautiful of nature spirit stories. These are places where life forms of many realms have joined together to create sites of intense power and beauty. As earth’s custodians, it behooves us humans to protect what other worlds have worked millions of years to groom.  We salute nature – and the many responsible humans who often worked against great odds to preserve these sites for all to use. 

Here are some photos I’ve taken in protected parklands, and their stories…what are yours?

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