the art of doing meditative nature photography


My name is Susie Binkley and I am the author of the inspirational nature photography book: Life is a Balancing Act and Nature Understands: A Photographic Journey of Inspiration. I am blessed to live in beautiful Colorado with my two kids, two dogs, and a whole host of wildlife including six generations of wild Nuttall’s Cottontails who live under our deck. I’ve been crazy about nature since I was a child, and I love sharing that enthusiasm with others!

For me, and many others, time in nature has restorative, health-giving powers. It balances our minds and spirits and brings a peace that washes over our hearts. It can be an exhilarating rush of adrenaline or a quiet retreat from the hectic world. Time in nature is a precious gift, and helping others find creative, fun, mindful ways to enjoy that gift is my passion.

My academic training is in philosophy and environmental studies, so I guess it’s not surprising that I found my life’s niche to be poetically discovering meaning in life through experiences in nature. Everything about nature fascinates me. From geology to ecology to meteorology, I’m fairly well-versed in the sciences. I’ve been a hopelessly romantic stargazer (also known as amateur astronomers!) since I was eleven, spending countless nights lying on the front lawn fending off mosquitoes as I memorized constellations, watched meteors blaze across the night sky, and stared breathlessly at the rings of Saturn through my telescope. And when the stars weren’t out? I’d be off hiking in the woods, listening to birds sing and watching sunlight dance through the trees.

Not much has changed! I still spend my days hiking and my nights gazing at stars, teaching my kids and anyone else who will listen about cottontails and trees and stars. 

And now I channel that love of sharing nature into books and blogs and photographs. Read the posts in the “Welcome” category about how a chance walk down the hall led to me write the book and to then start this blog- Balance Through the Lens: The Art of Meditative Nature Photography . 

I love helping people find meaning, beauty, balance, adventure and serenity in their lives. Enjoy this blog, the book, and my website, for more about the book and a nice photo gallery, too. I hope it all brings you as much joy to read as it brings me to write!

Me on the rim of my favorite place on Earth, Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah!


Comments on: "About" (10)

  1. Hello! I just wanted to drop you a little note to let you know that you were one of my nominees for the Versatile Blogger award. Come check it out and join on in, if you’d like! Thank you for having an awesome blog!

    • Hello to you, L.S.! Apologies for taking so long to reply to this most wonderful of comments! 🙂 Thank you so so much for the nomination- it means so much! I do keep meaning to pass the award forward to others… finding the time is my next challenge, I believe! (battling a health issue lately- yeesh.) I really enjoy your blog, your style, and your outlook on life- keep on writing!!! And thanks again 🙂

  2. I just wanted to say, your pictures are lovely!

  3. Love the concept of your blog! Can’t wait to read your posts!

  4. […] 9. About « balancethroughthelens. Susie has a very  beautiful blog showcasing her amazing nature photography.  She shares valuable life lessons and relates them to her photo images. […]

  5. Hi Susie…

    Just wanted you to know that I have nominated you for the following 6 awards.

    The Versatile Blogger
    Very Inspiring Blogger
    Blog On Fire
    Beautiful Blogger
    Reader Appreciation
    7×7 Link Award

    No pressure at all – and sorry if there is overlap with any you may already have received, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog! Just go to this link Awards Awards Awards… « THROUGH THE HEALING LENS to see your nomination and also to get an idea of how I handled posting so many awards and nominating 10 new bloggers all at once! What a project 🙂 Congratulations ~ Wishing you Healing thoughts! Robyn Lee

    • Wow, Robyn, Thank You!!!

      I am touched and honored 🙂 You know how much I appreciate your blog as well! I’ve been meaning to get around to nominating people (including you 😉 ) but as you’ve discovered, it’s quite a project! One of these days when I’m feeling up to it. Wishing you healing thoughts as well, your blog is amazing, uplifting and inspiring. I’m so glad the blogging world brought us together. ~Susie

      • Yes – and so funny that I had you on my mind a lot today and then you wrote on “Release”. Had just finished putting my post together and was wondering where you have been. Please keep your spirits high and learn from the beautiful birds in your post today — I will too! xo

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