Deirdre Denali Rosenberg.
I was born and raised in Minnesota, into a family who was very passionate and active in the outdoors. From cycling to mountaineering to landscape photography- I grew up immersed in all of it. I was born into a baby backpack and hiked my first mountain with tiny legs at the age of three. Nature supported me all through my young years and I was able to experience many outdoor athletics through the eyes of fun, safety and learning. The mountains and open skies were home. Minnesota was where I lived.
In many ways life got me down. My teenage years were difficult and my transition to the 20's was harder. I lost sight of what truly matters and what I was truly made happy by. I kept close to the outdoors, but lost sight of the spark I always had towards it. It felt like something was missing for a very long time, and I took those feelings out on frivolous spending, prescription drugs, food and unrest. Until a trip to South Dakota. This was a trip I needed that cleared my head and my heart. I connected to the Badlands and Black Hills in a way that was spiritual and beautiful. It plugged me back into who I truly was: a wild animal.
The following couple of years were nothing short of a rediscovery of the wilderness and of outdoor athletics. I had begun to change my life; making time to get away for my health, photography and to explore. There was still a lot of unrest in my heart- I didn't want to be a part of the system, this system of working 9-5 doing something that meant nothing, mildly okay with it all, until you get old and realize you should have lived. That was never my style and I saw too many people settling for everything short of their dreams. I knew how I felt in that world, and I knew how I felt in the wild. I chose wild. I committed.
In 2015 I went on a getaway to Colorado. A place that had been my second home forever. But this trip was different. I was on a mission to truly figure out who I was, who I wanted to be and how I could be that woman. I knew that I didn't belong in Minnesota. I knew I belonged in Colorado. I wanted to summit mountains. Big mountains. I wanted to be a photographer. I wanted to adventure, to inspire and to motivate. I wanted to push myself hard and soak in the beauty of nature constantly. I went back to Minnesota a few days later. I was not the same person.
Not even a month later, I met Jon. A man with a similar story: nature saved his life. But for him, it was new. It was not a reconnection, but a transformation. We clicked immediately. And life turned into a vacation. We pushed each other to go harder, more extreme. To reach goals and try new things. We backpacked, camped in freezing cold, climbed, biked and so much more. We agreed that we would find a way to move to Colorado and continued our adventures. Jon helped inspire me to believe in myself as a photographer. In August, 9 months after we first met, we got married in Boulder Colorado by ourselves and visited Longs to celebrate our luck, our love and our future.
We wore out Minnesota. We backpacked, camped and explored all of it. From the freezing, snowy north, to the rugged and dusty plains. We lived in all of it. It taught us so much. I began teaching women-specific classes about back country travel and backpacking. I taught classes about through hiking the Superior Hiking Trail. My mission was pretty clear: inspire women to get outside. Inspire people to protect and conserve our glorious wild.
In February of 2017 we moved to Colorado. We planned to live outside as much as possible. To travel and discover and live our truth: we are wild.
It is July as I'm writing this, and I am so happy to say that we've checked a massive dream off of our bucket list. And one of my life goals that I've dreamt about since being a tiny child. We have moved to a tiny cottage in the mountains. With National Forest on either side of us and a creek outside our door. We have achieved a simple, wild and loving home. And with it, I plan to burst with creativity and share that with everyone. To show that YOU can do it. Chase down those dreams, go back to basics, get happy.
I am a photographer. I am a writer. I am an athlete. And I am so excited to be alive. To be able to do what I have always loved; what I have always held as a passion in my soul. I hope very much that those who look on my photographs will feel something. And I hope they will inspire a sense of wonder, magic and play. We are all animals. We belong to nature.
My mission here is only begining.