“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.”

John Muir

A native New Englander, photo  hobbyist Joe Kruzel has long-held a deep appreciation of the outdoors, and the natural attractions it provides: pristine waterways, rolling hills, majestic snow-capped mountains, sandy beaches and the change of seasons, to note just a few. Whether hiking locally in Massachusetts or throughout other states between the East and West coasts, Joe uses photography as a personal means to share the beauty and diverse landscapes of our great country with family and friends and others. Inspired by nature photographers Ansel Adams and Tom Mangelsen, Joe’s quest to experience each of the 61 U.S. National Parks began in 2005 hiking with his wife Arlene and life long friends Becky, Kevin and the boys; he has 40 to go.


His images, recently on display at Baystate Medical Center, have appeared in calendars, and therapeutic image materials used at the Hospital.  A member of the Springfield Photographic Society, Joe is inspired by the talented members and enjoys learning and sharing experiences with fellow photo enthusiasts.