marty nevils davis

I'm a photographer who lives in Indianapolis with my husband and rescue bunny, and we have a wonderful son and daughter-in-law, Zane and Julie, living in England, with their most adorable baby daughter, Gracie.

My heart resides in nature. Be it a canyon in the desert southwest, a forest, a mountain, a milkweed field ... a long, long hike ... things in bloom, furry things, things under rocks, things that go though metamorphosis ... Nature. It all calls my name. It is home.

I've taken photos for as long as I can remember. I have such a deep love for the natural world and I want to share how amazing our planet is, even in its tiniest details, so I'm passionate about photography! And butterflies! I've raised thousands of butterflies over the past 28 years, mostly Monarchs. I excitedly welcome them back into my life every spring and am incredibly sad when my last one departs in the fall as it migrates to Mexico for the winter. They have taught me so much and I never, ever, get tired of being a privileged witness to their metamorphosis.

The top and left photos were taken in Lower Antelope Canyon, an amazing slot canyon in the Southwest. Made of Navajo Sandstone, this beautiful canyon was (and is continually) formed by flash floods, which create smooth surfaces and beautiful shapes. When the sun reflects off its walls the canyon creates amazing colors like you see here. I find it to be a very sacred and spiritual place and I feel honored every time I have the opportunity to visit. Lower Antelope is about a half mile long and at places is 100' deep. You must descend a ladders to enter into the canyon, and touring it requires a Navajo guide. It has long been one of my very favorite places.

On the right I'm pictured here at Mooney Falls, one of three beautiful waterfalls located on the Havasupai Indian reservation down inside the Grand Canyon. Mooney Falls is 200 feet tall and is located one mile from the famous Havasu Falls. The unique color of its water, a captivating blue-green, is the result of high levels of travertine, a type of limestone.

Feel free to follow my "Monarchs, Milkweed, & Photography" Facebook page, or catch me on Twitter (@monarchmom) or Instagram (martyndavis).

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Snoopy inscribed on a granite bench at the gravesite of Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, located in Pleasant Hills Memorial Park in Sebastopol, CA, not far from his Santa Rosa home and location of the Peanuts hockey rink and museum.

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