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D. F. Baker Photography

D.F. (Dani) Baker and her partner, David Belding, are the owners of  "Cross Island Farms" - one of the region's best-known organic farms1. Dani came to the North Country as a psychologist with the NY State Department of Corrections. Following retirement, she realized her dream of owning and working the land.  However, it is her passion for photography that we wish to share with you.

One of her reviewers, Charlotte Miller of the Thousand Islands Sun, described Dani's remarkable ability to "to capture the light, geometry and abstractions of the natural world".

Dani generously contributes her photography to the annual PBS art auctions and this summer her photographs are displayed in the Thousand Islands Land Trust office in Clayton and at the Watertown YMCA on Coffeen Street. She has donated several wild-life photos to the Minna Anthony Nature Center, where they are on display periodically.

Over the past decade her award-winning work has appeared in solo shows at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and the Frederick Remington Museum in Ogdensburg, and in galleries at Blue Mt. Lake, Old Forge, Potsdam, Cape Vincent, Sackets Harbor, Watertown, Jefferson Community College. In addition, her photographs have been published in a number of newspapers and magazines, most notably on the cover of the "Atlantic Coastal Kayaker" magazine three times. (An example is "Island Paradise" pictured below.)  Her work is owned by numerous private collectors and has been purchased by banks and displayed in local branch offices.

Dani explains that she has not actively marketed her photos since she started Cross Island Farms four years ago, (which obviously is all-consuming of time and energy). However, they are available for sale. You can reach Dani at 315-482-3663, or


 Paradise © 2009 D.F. Baker

“Island Paradise” © 2009 D.F. Baker

Whirlybird © 2009 D.F. Baker

“Whirly Bird © 2009 D.F. Baker

 Trees © 2009 D.F. Baker

"Touch of Spring", Cross Island Farms, Wellesley Island,

© 2009 D.F. Baker

 Meditation © 2009 D.F. Baker

“Meditation” Crooked Creek Preserve

© 2009 D.F. Baker

 lily pad © 2009 D.F. Baker

“Lily Pad” © 2009 D.F. Baker

Farm © 2009 D.F. Baker

"Pastoral Reverie", Farm at Guns Corners

© 2009 D.F. Baker


Cross Island Farms produces Pure Wellesley Island Wildflower Honey, Wellesley Island Maple Syrup, and Certified Organic fruits and vegetables and other all natural produce on 102 acres on Wellesley Island.


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Dorothy Sedock
Comment by: Dorothy Sedock ( )
Left at: 10:20 PM Monday, September 14, 2009
Dani not only grows wonderful produce but she certainly is also an amazing artist. These photos are wonderful and what a surprise to find in this issue. Thanks for sharing her beautiful work.
Kathleen Mereand
Comment by: Kathleen Mereand ( )
Left at: 8:48 AM Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The pictures are beautiful,they incorporate interesting subject matter with amazing artistic composition that really allows Dani's love of nature shine through.
Lisa Wagner
Comment by: Lisa Wagner ( )
Left at: 9:41 AM Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Being an artist myself, I can appreciate Dani's work immensely. Not only is she a wonderful lady & an amazing green gal (Cross Island Farms ~ which we LOVE!), but she is also quite talented! Thanks for not only sharing her work but for allowing 1000 Islands folks a chance to get to know such a nice, multi-faceted person.
Comment by: Sandy ( )
Left at: 11:31 AM Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wow! Dani's talent doesn't stop! I was delighted by her passion and energy before I met her this summer, but her personalized tour of Cross Island Farm won me over completely! She makes retirement look great! I loved her veggies and look forward to learning more of her many facets. I can see a multi-day organic chow-down island kayak trip in my future.....
Mary Beth
Comment by: Mary Beth ( )
Left at: 10:47 PM Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We have loved Dani's produce for several years . Thanks for showcasing another side of her great talent.
Comment by: Luca ( )
Left at: 3:28 PM Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hi Dani,
These photos are wonderfu. YOU ARE A BIG ARTIST :-)
Barbara Hazard
Comment by: Barbara Hazard ( )
Left at: 7:58 PM Saturday, September 19, 2009
These are first class photos. Dani's love of growing things shows in her sense of form and light, and her care for the beauty of our natural world. Bravo!