In honor of Earth Day last weekend, as well as The National Park Service’s 101st birthday coming up this summer, we’re taking a look at the story behind some of the most beautiful and arresting work that’s played an enormous role in Nate’s homes, past and present.
The artwork above the sofa pictured at left are woven photographs, both captured and further brought to life as pictorial textile by Nate’s late partner Fernando Bengoechea. The original photographs were taken at Joshua Tree National Park – those beautiful trees pictured are the eponymous Joshua Trees themselves.
“I’d never actually been to Joshua Tree,” Nate tells us. “But it was Jeremiah’s idea to visit when our friends Brooke and Michael were in town.”
He continues: “To be standing in a place like that with my husband and my daughter – it was magical. It was so powerful I wasn’t even able to process it at the moment. Only later that night did I allow it to sink in. And quite honestly, it’s an example of me marrying the right person.”
Nate jokes that he’s afraid of just about everything outdoors, but he’s entirely serious about the importance of protecting and preserving our national parks. “I’m ready to hit up every one,” he says. “Yosemite, Mount Rushmore – Jeremiah is threatening me with an RV.”
Just visiting a National Park goes a long way to support these wildly vital parts of our country. You can find your closest one on the NPS site, or explore the many fulfilling ways to give back – or donate – to these lands.
When you explore your local National Park, you’re setting yourself up to be surrounded by beauty, meaning, and priceless inspiration that have all passed the test of time.
Lead photograph by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter; at left is the art of Fernando Bengoechea; Poppy captured by Nate.