Jon Dahlman - Photographer & Outdoor Explorer
After attending The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, I decided that 20+ years in Minnesota wasn’t enough and made the move back to where I was born and raised. Pursuing a self-driven career in real estate with endless opportunities to positively impact the lives of others brought forth a world of eye-opening experiences. In addition to having a career in real estate, I can be described as a fitness enthusiast, frequent traveler, future published author, and avid lover of everything outdoors. A few things that I am passionate about include serving others, camping in the north woods of Minnesota, writing at local coffee shops, and taking frequent trips out west to my second home, the mountains.
Hiking. Camping. Traveling. Trees. Fog. Mountains. Everything outdoors. Truly the most freeing feeling is being "lost" in the forest. The time I spent living in the state of Colorado has shown me that some of the greatest moments of my life thus far have been made in the mountains, realigning with myself and sharing the beauty with others. This is where my passion for writing came to fruition. To sit for hours, feeling so small on the side of a mountain, appreciating all that the wilderness has to offer. From simple journal entries, to lengthy poems, writing was my escape. Being “lost” in the forest is where I found this passion, or this passion found me. It showed me how to be real, how to be raw. To be conscious of my thoughts, choosing to live in the moment, being present throughout the day.
”Although I love what I do, day to day in MN, I have always known that this lifestyle is temporary. Each day I crave that enduring feeling of belonging. Each day, little by little, I come closer to the realization that the mountains are where I belong... in the wild. Spending time in the wilderness, surrounded by the green of the forest, where on a clear night the stars are visible by the millions.” - Dahlman