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I am a fine art nature photographer, and winter’s beauty is my passion.

JulieandHughXmas20101aPhotography is my creative way to express and share my love for nature with others. I try to capture the uniqueness and beauty that the casual observer might over look - patterns, colors, textures, and stories. To create an unusual perspective I don’t hesitate to get down on my hands and knees or on my belly, yes, even in the snow, or get in the water.

I grew up knowing my uncle as the man behind the camera. He was an avid photographer. Despite my early exposure to a shutter always clicking at family holidays, I was in my late 20s, while in massage school, that I took an interest in photography. I soon realized I had a good eye for subject, composition and color. I used it as an excuse to go for a hike or spend a leisurely day at a botanical garden.

A number of years later a friend and teacher gave me some wise advice:

"If you want to continue enjoying photography, do not go into it as a profession."

At the time, I heeded his advice and chose to pursue bodywork as my profession. I figured it was easier to pay for the photography as a hobby, than to do bodywork as a hobby. It was a very enjoyable creative outlet.

Now many years later, photography plays a larger role in my professional life. I exhibit my work at art shows and select galleries. In 2012, Whitehead Press published a collection of my winter images and essays in an award winning coffee table book entitled Art of Winter: A Photographic Essay.

My work is about the beauty rather than the location. For some images I am lucky - I was in the right place at the right time, such as getting close ups of an otter searching for breakfast or a richly colored sunrise, even if it meant I had to crawl out of my warm bed earlier than I’d otherwise prefer. Other images are created due acute observation, such as seeing a reflection of a double rainbow, or due to persistence, by taking of hundreds of images a day to get the right light and vantage point.

JulieshootingraccoonsHaving twice missed a great shot of a bear, I now carry a camera where ever I go, as I never know when the next great image will present itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Custom prints, greeting cards and other specialized items are available directly from me or at Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing a print or an image to use electronically or in print. I'd be happy to talk with you.


A technical note about my images:

With the capabilities of digital photography and software programs, many artists offer images for sale that have been manipulated or enhanced; some obviously so, others it is more subtle. My goal is to offer images that I see as nature presents herself, so I use only the same types of photographic adjustments that are available in a traditional darkroom. While some artists may say I am limiting myself, I consider it a challenge to present art that is both beautiful and true to life.

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Portfolio -
A collection of photographs taken throughout the United States and various places in Europe.

Water and Sky -
Mutable and transforming,
never the same twice.


Best of Shelter Island -
The northwoods of the Upper Peninsula.


More Winter -
Winter's beauty never ceases to amaze and intrigue.

Belize -
Stunning underwater photography is able to be had off the coast of Belize.

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Longwood Gardens -
The best place to photograph Spring is at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

Vietnam -
There is lots to see and do in 2 weeks in Northern Vietnam.

Part 1

Part 2

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The Everglades -
Here there is always something to see.

London -
A brief two day visit to London.

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Canada's North Channel -
The best way to see the
North Channel is by sailboat.


A Drummond Spring -
Bursting tree
buds and the calls of sand hill cranes are harbingers of spring.


Dissection -
The best way to learn about the body is to exploring it - outside and in!
(Don't worry, the next page leads to more information before viewing pictures.)

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2010 - 2015 Julie McKay Covert Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Julie Covert is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


A Northwoods Portfolio -
Through the seasons there is plenty flora and fauna for the eye to enjoy


Art of Winter -
Stunning creations are
made from ice and snow.


View a some of my videos posted on my YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when I post additional videos.

Brave/Dare the Storm - What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Art of Winter - A video introduction to my coffee table book Art of Winter.

Quarry Blast - I was invited to photograph a blasting at the Drummond Island quarry on October 2013. Be sure to watch the very last minute to have a smile put on your face.

Viewing instructions: Click on an image to open a gallery page for each collection.

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