Environmentalist / Photographer / Conservationist
Kim Herzog is a Minnesota artist who specializes in wildlife and landscape photography. Her passion for capturing the raw beauty of our planet takes her to the far corners of the earth. She has waded with grizzlies in Alaska, shared a blueberry breakfast with caribou in Denali National Park, laid down under the mighty sequoias, photographed the canyons and night sky in the Navajo Nation, canoed with loon families in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, witnessed northern lights of the Minnesota BWCA and captured big red kangaroos in the outback of Australia. She shares the message of conservation and protection of all species through images which tell their own story. Her goal is to encourage a curiosity of our natural world that can lead to a better understanding of how to coexist with all species. Kim's work has been featured on the National Geographic Website, University of Minnesota Publications, Minnesota Arboretum Websites, and found in Minnesota galleries. You contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Her field ethics are simply first do not harm and leave nothing but footprints.
Excerpt from her Alaska Blog Wilderness Unplugged
I look out at the glacier that pours down and around Denali peak and realize I am the only human for miles. The wind blows strong here with nothing in the tundra to stop it. The wilderness does not tolerate human folly. Glaciers move slowly and carve the earth into ribbons without permission. All voices are silenced. They do not sculpt the mountains or move the midnight sun one moment. I walk past two Bull Moose horns locked in battle for all eternity. My eye follows the mist along the riverbeds toward Wonder Lake. A bull moose grazes on willow and disappears at a moments notice into the brush. A caribou stand out with this massive rack as a symbol of all that is still wild here. I breathe a sight of relief at the sight of him. Sow Grizzly with her silver white coat crosses in the distance with her spring cubs tumbling behind. She is fat and healthy.
The permanence and rhythm of nature is comforting. Boreal forests provide for the moose, tundra for the caribou, and the grizzly roams and commands it all. The fireweed is past its bloom announcing an early winter. Blueberries cover the ground ready for harvest by the hungry bear. Squirrels and marmots gather cones for their winter larder. A caribou kill feeds the family of wolves that make their den over the ridge. Nothing is wasted. Soon the bear will make her way into the den with her spring cubs. She will nurse her young all winter on her rich 30% fat milk. They slumber in their haven safe from the cold, snow and darkness and humans.