November 20 through December 31, 2013
In 2006, David spent five weeks as a volunteer at Badlands National Park in South Dakota, photographing and interpreting this National treasure, and traveled to Peru. In 2007- an introduction to the beauty of Alaska. In 2008 in Mexico and then in 2009 Platte River Nebraska. Thousands of miles, diverse wildlife and new friendships make this collector of photographic natural history a happy learner.
After sixty BIG Circles, seeking to piece together bits of natural history, science, spirituality, literature, learning and living into a connected construction. It is a work in progress, changing with each new photograph, experience, or idea shared. What David hopes to create is an interaction where we can think out loud and use the inner and outer learnings to construct story of what it means to be a part of this magnificent whole creation.
David Astin is a retired science teacher, citizen scientist, naturalist, storyteller, and natural history photographer on a spiritual journey. He lives in Golden Valley with his wife Sue, and his neighbors include more than the human population. David has created a citizen science research project with The Nature Conservancy, taught nature courses for OLLI at the University of Minnesota, and engaged a group at Wisdom Ways in “Learning to See Nature as a spiritual practice.”
David has adopted Mary Oliver’s rules for life: Pay Attention – Be Astonished – Tell what you saw. We all see with our life experiences, so he is most interested in hearing about what you see in his work. What are your connections, where do you see beauty, and where does it lead you?