About The Artist
Mary Ellen Kiesau, 45, of Mazama, WA, passed peacefully at sunrise on April 15, 2020 after a battle with Melanoma. She will be missed by the community that knew and loved her.
Through photography I have learned to truly see and feel and be one with the world. I have learned not just the critical art of observation but also to fully be in my images.
Even when I do not have a camera, I take photos in my mind when I see something that I want to capture, memorialize and hold onto. For the most part, the images that grab me tend to be ones of natural beauty, and beauty comes in many shapes, sizes, shades and seasons. Everyday beauty surrounds us – there is always something worthy of a photograph – but what really motivates me to take a photo is not necessarily what I see but what I feel. When I feel inspiration, light, energy, peace, wonder, gratitude… I want to savor it, and it’s through photography that I attempt to do that, and then share it with others.
My life’s work and personal passions are based in trying to find a way to live in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources – to live locally and seasonally – and to care for and conserve that which sustains us. I want my photographs to do the same thing. And so, while I will do a variety of freelance work, the bulk of my photographs are an expression of my love for the area I call home – the Methow Valley. My goal is to share the beauty and spirit of the Methow with other people who have a special place in their heart for this sweet little valley, and to support and encourage the ongoing conservation of the Methow and all the things that make it extraordinary.
I started Mountain Kind Photography 2007. This small business currently focuses on seasonal postcards and a 12-month calendar of the Methow Valley, and freelance and stock photography (in and out of the Methow) for businesses, websites and individuals. I occassionally show images in galleries as well, which is always a lot of fun. I have a very large selection of botanical images, a growing compilation of wildlife including birds, butterflies and insects, and an assortment of people and places images (The photos on the right are a small sample – click on them to see the full image as they don’t appear correctly in the square boxes). If you are looking for something in particular, for your wall or website or whatever, let me know and I’m happy to look through my images and send samples. Learn more about my small business, and see all of my cards and calendars at www.mountainkindphotography.com
Along with supporting many Methow Valley non-profit organizations, I donate 10% of my annual net photography profits to the Methow Conservancy, a local land trust and environmental education organization.
I was born and raised in North Carolina (and yes, I’m a Tarheel). I moved west in 2001 and settled in the Methow in 2005. I work for the Methow Conservancy where I’m able to pursue several of my interests – learning about and working with the multi-faceted natural world; creating events, programs and field classes to give other folks the same opportunity; and writing and taking photos.