Images for Conservation Fund

Martin Refuge is 300 acres of thick South Texas brush located NW of Mission, and is the original home of private nature photography in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Owned by John and Audrey Martin, who were the force behind the Valley Land Fund Photo Contest and the Images for Conservation Fund, the ranch has been hosting happy photographers since 2003.
For more information, or to book a trip, call
John at (956) 381-1264, or go to

Curing PTSD through Nature Photography

In earlier wars, it was called “soldier’s heart,” “shell shock,” or “combat fatigue.” Today,
doctors recognize the issues described by each of these terms as a distinct medical condition
called posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop
after experiencing or witnessing a life threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a
car accident, or sexual assault.
Men and women have been coming home from war with serious mental issues for more than 100 years

There are an estimated 540,000 veterans with PTSD today. I am not sure we are
any closer to solving this problem, but with 8,000 suicides a year it is time for some new ideas.

A review of over 60 articles has given me the belief that
the draft plan below for your review will show that we can substantially cure PTSD through nature photography.

We may not cure every single individual but if we can cut the number of suicides in half or more we will have accomplished a significant goal.

There have been years of observational research on the healing power of nature, concluding
that being in nature is a powerful healing tool. However, no one has attempted to prove that
a specific nature program cures a specific illness.
After 70 years of being in and around nature and 35 years deeply involved in nature photography I have a theory
That, if proven can change our approach to PTSD and save thousands of lives of our military’s wounded warriors.

A scientific theory is a well substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world,
based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.

The Theory: An intense, year long, one week (5 day week) per month nature photography program, with
quality health professionals and photographic coaches can cure our veterans PTSD.

The Goal:
Plan and organize a program of nature photography that utilizes the scientific
method to prove the theory that PTSD can be cured through nature photography

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