Born and raised in Croatia, fine art nature photographer, Franka Mlikota Gabler developed a strong fascination and admiration for nature early in life. Moving to California in 1997, and soon after experiencing her first wilderness backpacking trip in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, she fell in love with the amazing landscapes before her. The simple and complex interaction of the water, rocks, sky, plants and wildlife of the high country mountains encouraged her to pick up the camera as a medium to express her feelings and share them with others.
Now spending as much time as possible hiking and exploring wilderness areas, Franka always carries her camera and tripod, capturing countless images with her own unique perspective.
While enjoying expansive views, more often she finds herself drawn to details of nature that are hidden, transient, or understated. While exploring around her home, she discovered the charm of Coarsegold Creek. Dry most of the year does not attract too much attention, but comes to life with the first autumn rain to unveil a hidden beauty and splendor. Often she uncovers hidden personalities concealed within rocks, waterfalls and trees. She has a special interest in capturing close ecological relationships that landforms, plants, and wildlife play in differing habitats.
She currently lives in the Sierra foothills, in the small mountain town of Coarsegold, California. Photography is her passion. While photographing, she feels at peace with nature.
Her photographs are published in Yosemite Sierra Visitors Guide. She is the member of Yosemite Western Artists Association. She is affiliated with Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst and Spectrum Gallery in Fresno.
She has a career as a scientist, and holds Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.