Hello! I am Regina Mountjoy. I have photographed gardens all over the world, near and far, for over 20 years. I always scan for the flowers that are smiling back at me. I zoom in to get a closer look and am breathless, so flattered that each of these gorgeous creatures have disclosed themselves to me in such a tender, vulnerable, and intimate way. I think they know I am a kindred spirit. I think they know I have spent my life trying to find ways to keep my head above waves of sadness, disillusionment, and depression; to keep my focus on what is good, true, and beautiful; to find connection with the earth; to push back against our culture’s frantic pace; to filter out the clutter of an often noisy, unkind world. Creating these images have helped to do all these things for me and I trust they will offer their gift to you as well.
I’m married to the guy I’ve had a crush on since he was ten and still get butterflies when I see him walk across a room. We are both Colorado natives and live just outside of Boulder with our two rescue cattle dogs, Finn & India. Jay and I seem to be getting on a plane to somewhere every other minute.
While we have not been able to have children and, after a lot of tears and feet stomping, it has opened my heart to the idea that I was created to be in an intimate relationship with my God, and nothing more. I am learning self-care and practicing gratitude for what IS rather than focusing on what isn’t – playing with the idea that it is sufficient to just BE. (This is, of course, still all in progress.) As an ACoA with cyclothymia and PTSD I have collected quite the “cocktail” of practices and tools for staying sane. Discovering the Contemplative Practice has been like coming home.
Things that make me super excited include holiday markets (especially in Europe!), flea markets, botanic gardens, white vintage furniture & home decor, a well-turned phrase, films with Judi Dench, faux fur, the words “de-cluttering” & “organizing”, Cath Kiddson bags, children’s stories from the 1800’s, and cattle dogs.
I buy too many notebooks and pens and plants. I make great soup and fail fantastically at baking. My magic number is eleven. I do not watch the news or TV and somehow still survive (to the shock of most people). I typically look up the plot line before I watch a new movie so I don’t stress completely out.
My entire wardrobe seems to consist of little black dresses and yoga pants. All covered with dog hair. All of the time. My favorite things are the word “indelible”, the book At the Back of the North Wind, my stuffed elephant “Elly”, and my black 4-door Jeep Cherokee “Luna”, who likes to have the roof off as often as possible.
I try to create beauty and order in everything around me; to take good care of every person & creature that comes into my circle, and to tip generously- no matter what.
Reach out with any thoughts, questions, or ideas for collaboration! Much love to you this day!