Meditation and Mindfulness in Nature

 Landscape and Wildlife Photography


My name is John C. Bader and I am an outdoor/nature photographer and the author of The Responsive Universe, a new and unique book about meditation, mindfulness and self-discovery.  My primary focus as a nature photographer is to bridge my writing about the intrinsic world of ego, true nature and the search for happiness with the natural world where much energy and empowerment resides. As a photographer, my focus is to capture colorful and interesting qualities of what would be simply normal everyday objects: A leaf, the sun peaking through the trees, a flower or even just beach sand near the shore - the point being, there is much detail and interest in even the most perceivably mundane elements of this world when we stop and spend a little time in the present moment. Photography is just that: A meditation in mindfulness. Oh yeah, and I am a sucker for great sunsets!

Photography has always been a passion of mine. It was my Grandmother on my Father's side that first kindled the fire when I was just a young teenager. While in college my photography interests continued as I pursued art classes and traveled the country and world. Now, as a middle aged husband, father and dreamer; photography is a meditation; especially nature photography which requires one to focus their energy and mindfulness on the present moment - sans of ego, and unnecessary thoughts of the future and past. The goal of meditation and mindfulness is to center yourself in the moment. There is nothing more authentic and sublime and photography is a bridge to that realm of self-actualization.


This image site (portfolio) is separated into various sections. In the seasonal portfolios that include Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter; most of the images are taken from my home town of Wauconda, IL. Wauconda is a small, picturesque village in the far northwest suburbs of Chicago. Surrounded by the Lake County Nature Preserve and scenic Bangs Lake, Wauconda is a wonderful photography subject. The seasons here in the Midwest only add to the intrigue and creativity that represents this Mandala of life. Please feel free to click individual images for information about the photograph as well as the story behind the image.


I am a California native and Hawaii is my home away from home where my Father has resided for 30+ years. The Oceanic portfolio is a reflection of my time near the ocean and islands. I also enjoy taking images of wildlife and on occasion alternate content and structures which is also reflected on this website.


All of the images showcased on this site are available for sale in a multitude of media and imaging options. I recommend prints for framing or aluminum prints which are very popular. My work is also for sale for personal or commercial use. Each image is $49.00 for virtually unlimited use and can be found under "Digital Downloads".


I hope you enjoy my photography...

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John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.


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