Ocean Spirit Photography

Ocean Spirit Photography Sheree and Russell Nielsen are photographic artists specializing in scenics, nature, underwater, people, and animals. They are the author/photographers of Da Vinci Eye Award Winner Folly Beach Dances.

For more info visit beachdances.com Sheree Nielsen’s love of the ocean, art and photography began when she a young girl. At the tender age of six she constructed a pinhole camera – her first exposure to the wonderful world of photography. A natural ability to draw and a keen eye for detail kept her interest throughout college. Annual family vacations to the Florida Keys rekindled her love of the ocean, time and time again. Russell Nielsen’s fondness for water began as a teenager, having spent many summers as a lifeguard. His wife’s passion for the sport of scuba diving led him in that direction – times they could share together. Russell’s adventurous streak and ‘no fear’ attitude resulted in the photo of the 10 foot long, pregnant black tip reef shark taken off the coast of Great Guana Cay, Bahamas. Sheree and Russell prefer the abundant coral and macro life, as well as large animal encounters the warm waters of the Caribbean provide for capturing natural beauty in its environment. They have been fortunate to share personal space with dolphins, stingrays, sharks and turtles, as well as spotting vibrantly colored seahorses – a feat less than 25 percent of divers have been fortunate to witness. They enjoy splendor on land as well, whether it be exploring the South Carolina or Florida seashores with all its flora and fauna, or combing the Midwest countryside for rustic barns. Whatever their destination, they take pleasure in discovering Mother Earth.

For more info visit beachdances.com Sheree Nielsen’s love of the ocean, art and photography began when she a young girl. At the tender age of six she constructed a pinhole camera – her first exposure to the wonderful world of photography. A natural ability to draw and a keen eye for detail kept her interest throughout college. Annual family vacations to the Florida Keys rekindled her love of the ocean, time and time again. Russell Nielsen’s fondness for water began as a teenager, having spent many summers as a lifeguard. His wife’s passion for the sport of scuba diving led him in that direction – times they could share together. Russell’s adventurous streak and ‘no fear’ attitude resulted in the photo of the 10 foot long, pregnant black tip reef shark taken off the coast of Great Guana Cay, Bahamas. Sheree and Russell prefer the abundant coral and macro life, as well as large animal encounters the warm waters of the Caribbean provide for capturing natural beauty in its environment. They have been fortunate to share personal space with dolphins, stingrays, sharks and turtles, as well as spotting vibrantly colored seahorses – a feat less than 25 percent of divers have been fortunate to witness. They enjoy splendor on land as well, whether it be exploring the South Carolina or Florida seashores with all its flora and fauna, or combing the Midwest countryside for rustic barns. Whatever their destination, they take pleasure in discovering Mother Earth.

Operating as usual

10/19/2020
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Mondays in October book trailer, my poetry and photography book due out July 30 by Shanti Arts Publishing.

#poetry #photography #northcarolina #southcarolina #florida #california #midwest #nature #books #bookrelease #bookstores #travelphotography #art #movement #dance #time #slowdown #bookstores #beaches #sunsets #ocean #greatlakes

10/02/2020
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Just a peaceful video I captured of my husband fishing in the surf at Sunset Beach...

A poem by Anne M. Doe Overstreet titled "Mare Draws Her Lover Fishing at Dusk" to go along with the video

As dark begins to dissolve the body—
the crown of his head, the belly’s swell, the ankle—
I watch him sleep, recall how he settled back
on his heels just hours ago, sent a line keening
swift and precise over the lake. Everyone knows
a cast is not a question of strength so much
as a relinquishing, that the line’s release
is an extension from the wrist to the lunge
and snap of a Cutthroat Trout. I sketch in the ribbed
trunk of a cottonwood, label it Populus trichocarpa.
Something of what the eye took in is translated
to joint and grip of finger, until ink gives back
the crumbled snag of bark, the silver-sided leaf
dipping like a fish through the evening air.
The wing of his hand is the last thing to go.

#mondaysinoctober #bluemind #liveauthentic #waterislife #waterissolitude #sunsets #fishing #anglers #surf #casting #fishermen #poetry #tides #videos

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
07/11/2020

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

"Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart."

- Roy Bennett

Photo: Ephraim Wisconsin park bench looking at Eagle Harbor, by Sheree K. Nielsen

#quotes #Ephraim #doorcounty #wisconsin #heartsofinstagram #hearts #parkbenches #waterislife #waterissolitude #bluemind #eagleharbor #harbors #greatlakes #letsgosomewhere #lifeofadventure #nature #travel #positivity #grateful

06/10/2020
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Happy Birthday Bordeaux! My sweet red dog turns 10 today.

In honor of the pups, a little poetry reading of Salty Dogs Morning from Mondays in October.

SHOUT to Serina Taylor of Waterfront Seafood Shack in Calabash.

Have a great day and choose joy!

#saltydogsmorning #poetryfordogs
#nature #wednesdaymotivation #poetrycommunity #beachhouse #mondaysinoctober #sunsetbeach #reddogs #dogbirthday #waterfrontseafoodshack #birthdays #ocean

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
06/08/2020

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Today is #WorldOceansDay. What are you doing to protect our oceans?

When I walk the beach, or swim on the ocean, and I see trash, I pick it up or carry it back to shore.

I don't use straws in restaurants. I find that straws are unnecessary plastic that hurt marine life, such as turtles. So many animals, including birds, die each year from ingesting plastic.

Do your part. Reduce, reuse and recycle so no more waste makes it to the ocean.

#belikewater #WaterIsLife #waterissolitude #saveouroceans #reducewaste #bluemind #respectmarinelife

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
06/07/2020

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

A poem by Mary Oliver

Three Things to Remember

As long as you're dancing, you can break the rules.

Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules.

Sometimes there are no rules.

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Photo credit: Jason Belport

Photo taken in the Cayman Islands on a dive I experienced at Middle Chute dive site, with Craig Burhart and Spot the dolphin

#maryoliver #poetrycommunity #breakingtherules #norules #caymanbrac #dancingwithdolphins #oceanrhythmskindredspirits

06/06/2020

Memories of 4 years ago. Sigh...

Sabrina wants to know, how is your Wednesday?Is it fluffy, is it flowery, is it as free as the wind across a glassy lake...
06/03/2020

Sabrina wants to know, how is your Wednesday?

Is it fluffy, is it flowery, is it as free as the wind across a glassy lake?

Let us know how you're doing. Sorry we've been away for so long.

Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits and Folly Beach Dances make great Father's Day gifts. You can order these beautiful books by sending a message on facebook.

05/05/2020
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

My lyrical poetry, photography, and essays about the sea, beach, nature, animals, and finding yourself would make beautiful Mother’s Day gifts or for that special person in your life!
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Mondays in October – 2019 Royal Dragonfly Award Winner – First Place in Poetry, First Place Fine Art/Photography, Honorable Mention Coffee Table Books
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“I admire the spare wistfulness of these poems. In them you can find the sensual free rhythms of the sea, a slice or two of summer, a bit of happy, and two blissful romping dogs….These poems are love songs for the beach…”
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- Sandy Gingras, author of many gifts books including Walks on the Beach, Lessons of a Turtle, and How to Live in Flip Flops

https://amzn.to/35AESrJ

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Folly Beach Dances – 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner
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“Folly Beach Dances evokes beautiful imagery, touching on all the senses. Viewing the gorgeous photography and reading the lyrical prose will have you smelling salty air and feeling sand between your toes…”
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- Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of Return to Tradd Street

https://amzn.to/3fpwXld

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Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – 2019 Chanticleer Semi-Finalist for Nonfiction Insight and Instruction Guides
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“This is a collection of praise and grief, yes, but more so a call to action to be more present in the spaces that capture our imagination. Nielsen is asking each of us to pay respects to the world we inhabit, and to exude gratitude for the privilege in simply being HERE.”
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- Kelli Allen, Pultizer nominated author of Imagine Not Drowning and Otherwise Soft White Ash

https://amzn.to/2ymYcwt

#morhersday #books #poetry #photography #naturepoetry #essays #emerson #Corona_Virus #stayingin #coronavirus #lovepoems #bluemind #waterislife #waterissolitude

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
02/14/2020

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

For all you lovers out there...a Valentine's Day post for your soulmate....
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Photography by me!
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#ValentinesDay #lovers #love #hearts #youaretheoneforme #blogpostsaboutlove #writerslife #flowers #HappyValentinesDay #loveisintheair

https://bit.ly/37tHqqE

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
01/16/2020

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Hi everyone,

I'm doing a Kindle Countdown book SALE on Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits starting Saturday morning.

Be sure and check back Saturday morning for the ebook sale on my essay collection with photographs!

Pricing January 18 to 3 p.m cst January 22 - $2.99

January 22 to 6 p.m. cst January 24 - $3.99

January 24 until midnight January 25 - $4.99

https://amzn.to/30qFb5G

A book of adventure, soul searching, ocean and seas, ecology, nature, animals, Kindred Spirits, and the connection we all have to each other. Finding oneself. Finding wanderlust.

Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits - An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets, available at Main Street Books in St. Charles, Missouri, Parnassus Books, Nashville, and Sunset River Marketplace, Calabash, NC.

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
12/14/2019

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Photo credit Jason Belport. Subjects: Craig Burhart and Spot the Dolphin, around early 2000's on a dive in the Cayman's.

Read all about them in my essay, "The Dolphin's Dance" in my new book Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits.

Available in ebook or paperback.

https://amzn.to/2LClVMv


#emerson #essays #travel #nature #family #petrescue #photography #ecology #oceans #seas #scuba #travelwriting #shortstories #books #christmasgifts #kindlebooks
#caymanislands #dolphins #caribbean #booksofinstagram #womenauthors #authorsofinstagram

A poem for women to start your day....
11/16/2019

A poem for women to start your day....

Today, I’d like to share a poem I wrote, dedicated to women.

It’s titled, “My Sea Shell Life”, from my poetry and photography collection Mondays in October.

It's about the changes that we, as women, go through in life whether it’s health issues, a loss of a loved one, a divorce, unfairness in the workplace, bullying at school, etc.

We begin our life innocent and wide-eyed. As we age, we gather wisdom and experience along the way, and hopefully we get better at weathering life’s storms. We appreciate the little things in life – a soft brush of whiskers from our feline friends, a hug from little children, a dragonfly that lights on our hand, or walks on the beach.

This poem is for women everywhere – please feel free to share.

(You can read more poems...my book is available here https://amzn.to/2NTp8Zu)

(My husband captured this photo of me on Sunset Beach, Eleuthera in 2012, shortly before I was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s lymphoma. I’m happy to say I’m in remission.)

#women #poetry #photography #lifechanges #wisdom

Without further hesitation – My Sea Shell Life

Once,
strong, unblemished
like an
Angel Wing.

Then,
sandy,
gritty,
broken,
discolored,
stepped on,
crushed underfoot.

Now,
A mature conch –
seasoned,
weathered,
but not worse
for the wear.

As an author, photographer and publisher, just had to share!#writerslife #publishing #books
09/28/2019

As an author, photographer and publisher, just had to share!

#writerslife #publishing #books

It’s Furry Friday! This week: humble beginnings in the publishing world. Thanks for reading! Please Like and share with your friends! For more please visit bit.ly/RhymesWithOrangeComic

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
08/28/2019

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Today is a great day to be AWESOME!!!

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#bestyoucanbe #livestrong #wednesdaymotivation #liveauthentic #lifeofadventure #awesomeness

07/12/2019
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

The dock that I wrote the poem, "Waterview Blues", from my upcoming book "Mondays in October", is my background drop in Ephraim, Wisconsin.

This poem is dedicated to everyone who has gone through the storms in life and needs a friend for support. I was thinking of my long time friend, Tina, after she lost her dad to cancer.

Thank you Russell Nielsen for capturing the perfect angle on this video as the sun was dipping below the clouds.

I was a bit nervous while reading, hope it doesn't show.

Please feel free to share.

My book releases July 23 through Shanti Arts Publishing.

#waterislife #waterissolitude #waterviewblues #poetry #photography #performanceart #FridayFeeling #friendship #lifestorms #mondaysinoctober #bookrelease #bookstore

Happy Fourth of July everyone!
07/04/2019

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Proud to Be An American

"In my estimation, the flag spanned seven feet across and five feet long, and was a plethora of nature's phenomenon. If you looked closely, there were oyster shells, turtle nesting grass, palmetto cones, palm tree bark, pine needles and cones, driftwood, small shells (angel wings and scallops), and even feathers from brown pelicans, seagulls, terns and cormorants, making up the thirteen stripes of the flag.

Fifty sand dollars represented the fifty states of our nation -- the white color signifying innocence and purity. The blue sail cloth served as the foundation for perseverance and justice".

This is from the essay, "Craig's Flag" in my book Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits. I captured this photo at sunset. It is one of my favorites.

I met Craig Hosner completely by accident. In the brief time that we spoke, I realized that he was proud to be an American. He created flag art up and down the coast of Santa Rosa Beach, and without knowing it, he left something beautiful for others to enjoy.

#proudtobeanamerican #oldglory #flags #flagart #30A #santarosabeach #florida #fiftystates #declarationofindependence #unitedwestand #beaches #essays #photography #inspiration #oceanrhythmskindredspirits #writerslife #lymphomajourney #starsandstripes #perseverance #justice #America #nature

https://amzn.to/2oGWAFf

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile...just a few pics to brighten your day.Copyright Ocean Spirit Photography
06/07/2019

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile...just a few pics to brighten your day.

Copyright Ocean Spirit Photography

Happy Easter! Some beautiful blooms for you to enjoy!
04/21/2019

Happy Easter!

Some beautiful blooms for you to enjoy!

Absolutely love this photo Russell took of Sheree a few years ago at RS Ranch in Bourbon, Missouri after his birthday tr...
04/19/2019

Absolutely love this photo Russell took of Sheree a few years ago at RS Ranch in Bourbon, Missouri after his birthday trail ride. This was Emmett, and Sheree and Emmett were having a moment.

#horses #ilovehorses #trailrides #ranches #bourbonmissouri #country #ranchlife #birthdays #kindredspirit #universality

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
04/15/2019

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Thank you all my new followers for your support.
So this happened today!

Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits is #53 in Solo Travel, and #79 Individual Photographer Essays in the Kindle ebook store!

#bestsellers #solotravel #photography #essays #essaycollections #travel #nature #scuba #womensinspirational

Scenes from Folly Beach, South Carolina..Found these beauties hiding in my archive file.Happy Wednesday! 🏝😘
04/03/2019

Scenes from Folly Beach, South Carolina..

Found these beauties hiding in my archive file.

Happy Wednesday! 🏝😘

For anyone who loves the beach, the ocean, nature, travel, pet rescue, this is a wonderful book of inspiration. This is ...
03/08/2019
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

For anyone who loves the beach, the ocean, nature, travel, pet rescue, this is a wonderful book of inspiration. This is Sheree's author page listed below.

A wonderful 5 star review by Hope Clark for Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits

"A group of essays that capture real moments, make you slow down and ponder fragments of humanity. Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits depicts snippets from the author’s life but generically in such a way to allow the reader to feel a part of the experience. We should all take the time to embrace other folks who cross our path, record the lesson, and be thankful for them making us a tad richer for it. . . and thank Sheree Nielsen for teaching us how. These are everyday experiences, with everyday people, leaving meaningful impressions. A very nice study. . . a patient, pocket book for study, one moral at a time. . . made even better by the stories affiliation with the sea."

PIck copy from your local bookstore, library, or order an ebook or paperback here:
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#essays #scuba #beach #nature #travel #family #petrescue #travelwriting #shortstories #Emerson #photography #inspiration

This beautiful book complete with Emerson quotes and photographs at the end of each essay would make a wonderful VALENTI...
02/11/2019
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

This beautiful book complete with Emerson quotes and photographs at the end of each essay would make a wonderful VALENTINE'S DAY gift for your sweetie. And what's even better, the paperback version is on sale now!

Want to give your sweetheart 💝 a special book about soul searching, walks on the beach 🏖️, dolphin encounters 🐬, and a conch-retreiving sea-loving dog 🐶 for Valentines Day?

Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits, with essays inspired by Emerson and complete with photographs is on sale https://amzn.to/2Ia0K50 !

#oceans #travel #nature #seas #beach #books #ValentinesDay #gifts #essays #photography #petrescue

Our lyrical books our available on amazon and select bookstores.Perfect for relaxing your mind...
02/06/2019

Our lyrical books our available on amazon and select bookstores.

Perfect for relaxing your mind...

12/19/2018

Merry Christmas from dancing Snoopy....

Check out Sheree's interview on Linda's Book Bag where she talks about her book Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits on her bl...
12/03/2018
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Check out Sheree's interview on Linda's Book Bag where she talks about her book Ocean Rhythms, Kindred Spirits on her blog, and where she finds inspiration.

I am so honored to be be featured on Linda's Book Bag this morning. Here's my interview with Linda on Staying In with my book Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits. 😍 Check out some of her other interviews with authors....there are great books out there!

#bookreleases #bloggers #goodreads #books #bookstores #libraries #ocean #coastal #essays #travel #nature #petrescue #ecology #scuba #marinelife #family #women #inspirational

https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/12/03/staying-in-with-sheree-k-nielsen/

Sheree K Nielsen, Author
11/24/2018

Sheree K Nielsen, Author

"From larkspur to sand dollars, and dragonfly wing to canine fur, these essays rely upon a sort of tenderness that feels distinctly midwest in the best possible way..."
Kelli Allen, Pulitzer Nominated Author of Otherwise Hot White Ash

On Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits - An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets

On sale now through Cyber Monday on amazon
https://amzn.to/2NDanYo

Our newest publication is now on sale. Do you love shark and dolphin adventures, sea-loving dogs, seashells, long reflec...
11/20/2018
Sheree K Nielsen, Author

Our newest publication is now on sale. Do you love shark and dolphin adventures, sea-loving dogs, seashells, long reflective walks on the beach, and animal rescue. Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits would make a great Christmas gift. Don't follow to follow Sheree at Sheree K Nielsen, Author on facebook.

In honor of my ❤️of the no. 7, Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits paperback is NOW AVAILABLE for 17.77, & kindle ebook is 7.77. Makes a great Christmas gift. This offer will be extended through next Cyber Monday! 😍😘

If you ❤️ #essays, the #ocean and #beach, #ecology, #nature, #family, #pets, #photography, #Emerson #quotes ! #christmasgifts

Click here to get your savings https://amzn.to/2A5LYGf

Doesn't this look like a book cover?
10/24/2018

Doesn't this look like a book cover?

Win these cool gifts in Sheree's giveaway on her author page!
10/23/2018

Win these cool gifts in Sheree's giveaway on her author page!

In celebration of my upcoming Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits booksigning November 3 at Main Street Books, I'm doing 2 GIveaways.

* WIN A FREE COPY OF OCEAN RHYTHMS KINDRED SPIRITS -
Just comment and like what you love about nature.

* WIN A FAIR TRADE NECKLACE, COOL BEACH SIGN, AND BEACHY TSHIRT
Just comment and like, why you want the swag.

*ALSO, for those who bring a friend to my booksigning on November 3 at Main Street Books in St. Charles Missouri, you'll be entered in another DRAWING for the beautiful ceramic READ gift below. Please comment if you're bringing a friend.

Feel free to read more about my Emerson-Inspired essay collection at https://www.shereenielsen.wordpress.com/books or at https://amzn.to/2NDanYo

Winner for first 2 giveaways will be announced on November 1 at 6 p.m. central. Winner for ceramic READ gift will be announced November 3 at the booksigning.

Good luck everyone and Happy Tuesday.

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PO Box 112
Wentzville, MO
63385

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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(314) 954-3845

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Yes, this is real. This little squirrel stole a 1/2 bread loaf from my bird feeder #squirrels #Ambitious #photography #UnREAL