How Can the Alchemy of Nature Be So Stunning? USA’s Finest Wilderness

Alchemy takes North America’s most incredible landscapes and wilderness to divine levels of beauty. Aiming to highlight transformation in nature, Henry Jun Wah Lee, the award-winning photographer from LA, seems to have surpassed that simple feat to create a film revealing the order and beauty of heaven and earth.

Planning a trip to explore the American West is the only answer to the wanderlust this masterful piece arouses.

A winter scene in "Alchemy" by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

A winter scene in “Alchemy” by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

“In nature, everything is constantly changing: the earth, the sky, the stars, and all living things. Spring is followed by summer, fall and winter,” writes Lee.

“Water turns into clouds, rain, and ice. Over time, rivers are created, canyons carved, and mountains formed. All of these elements, mixed together, create the magic of nature’s alchemy.”

A scene from "Alchemy" by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

A scene from “Alchemy” by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

All places worth visiting, Lee captures these iconic sites during different seasons and weather, including the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley in Arizona, Joshua Tree National Park in California, and Dead Horse Point national park in Utah.


Monument Valley, Utah, offers a stunning view. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

“Alchemy takes you through nature’s changing landscapes, seasons, weather conditions and light…spring, summer, fall and winter. Dawn and dusk, day and night. Rain, snow, ice, and fog. Mountains, rivers, lakes, valleys, and canyons. Sun, moon, stars, and sky,” explains Lee.

A canyon scene from "Alchemy" by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

A canyon scene from “Alchemy” by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Places featured:

  • Alabama Hills
  • Alstrom’s Point
  • Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
  • Arches National Park
  • Colorado River
  • Convict Lake
  • Dead Horse Point
  • Grand Canyon North Rim
  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • June Lake
  • Mono Lake
  • Monument Valley
  • Mt. Tom
  • Toroweap/Tuweep
  • White Pocket
A scene from "Alchemy" by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

A moonlit lake scene from “Alchemy” by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Nature heals, go find some

With clients like National Geographic, Cannon, and The BBC, Lee is an internationally recognized award-winning filmmaker and photographer.

“Henry’s passions for art, nature, and medicine come from his belief that the healing powers of nature can rejuvenate the body, relax the mind, open the heart and free the spirit,” according to his website.

Lee is actually a practicing physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM based in Los Angeles.

An autumn scene from "Alchemy" by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

An autumn scene from “Alchemy” by Henry Jun Wah Lee. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Why leave the photography and exploring up to the pros though? These are all places that you can visit too. A film is still just a small square on screen, and nothing compared to the feeling of experiencing the majesty and fresh air these places posses.

The only cure for wanderlust is wandering. A most wonderful medicine indeed.

A canyon at sunset. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

A canyon at sunset. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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