WELCOME TO THE BLOG! This is a solution-and-success-oriented blog focused on topics that are the foundation of all of my photography work -- wildlife rehabilitation and protection, land conservation, faith and environmental stewardship, great places or opportunities to photograph wildlife and nature, and inspiring people. Share your comments! You'll find some blog posts available as podcasts on Buzzsprout, https://www.buzzsprout.com/711591.

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In a City Defined by People and Politics, He Makes Headlines Because of Birds

August 07, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
“We can learn a few things from birds at this time. One is that even though our lives are in a very strange place, nature is doing its best to continue on.” Dan Rauch, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist for the District of Columbia, quoted on American University Radio In my latest podcast, I’m talking with Dan Rauch. Dan is a Fisheries and Wildlif...
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Osprey in the Spotlight

July 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The Osprey’s scientific name, Pandion haliaetus, comes from a mythical king of Athens, Pandion, whose daughters were turned into birds, and the Greek words halos (sea) and aetos (eagle). Ospreys have provided me with some of my most memorable wildlife photography experiences and wildlife encounters. I’m always stunned by these birds not just...
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Birds of Prey - The Best Prescription Never Written

June 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
On my latest podcast, I’m talking with Donna Cole. Donna is an award-winning multimedia and investigative journalist; bird of prey rescuer; mom, breast cancer survivor, and a U.S. Navy veteran. During her US Navy Service, Donna was recognized with a number of military service medals and honors including the National Defense Service Medal (Gulf War/...
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The American West has to be seen to be believed and has to be believed to be seen

May 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
"The landscape of the American West has to be seen to be believed and has to be believed to be seen." - N. Scott Momaday That quote sums up how I usually feel when I return from a west coast trip. Having been raised and lived all of my life in more eastern regions of the United States I know there are amazing and truly inspirational sights and h...
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Low Country Conservation Wins

May 20, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
It's been a very busy spring 2022! Lots of travel, an art show, planning for upcoming art shows, some other projects, and lots of incredible photography to process and share. Before the next big event, I wanted to be sure and get back to the blog to share my latest inspirations from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. If you follow my blog or...
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Sustaining Generational Respect for Wild Places

April 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
On my latest podcast I'm talking with Isaac James Baker. I got to know Isaac through Instagram. The more he posted, the more I wanted to know. Isaac has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, and editor. He has a Master’s Degree in fiction writing, he reviews wines for an award-winning wine blog, and is an author for The Good Men Project...
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There’s more to this neighborhood than meets the eye

March 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
I don’t travel anywhere these days without my photography gear, and that includes a recent trip I took to Las Vegas. I’ve been to Vegas several times. I know that -- despite the Bellagio fountains, swimming pools available in nearly all resorts, and lots of flowing beverages everywhere -- Las Vegas is a big place in a very dry desert -- the Mojave...
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Get to Know a Naturalist and Discover All Kinds of Nature

February 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve lived in Washington DC for 30 years, but I’m from Sandusky, Ohio and I know a lot about that area. Sandusky is located along the Lake Erie coast, in Erie County Ohio, making it home to many migrating birds in spring and fall. For me, this means good bird photography. In fact, there’s a few areas in Sandusky that are considered by the experts a...
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Conservation Photography – Would You Know if You're Photographing Threatened Species?

January 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
I’m a photographer because I love and treasure nature. I understand it’s importance to the global health, survival, and well-being of our human species and the biodiversity of our planet. I’m committed to connecting others to the scenes, places, and moments I capture because they tell the story of what makes our places complete, what dwells among u...
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Talons Crossed: The Incredible Work of Rescuing Raptors

January 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
I first heard the phrase “talons crossed”, on an Instagram post from Nancy McDonald -- a raptor rescuer located in Maryland – who is sometimes called the “Osprey Lady.” Talons crossed – is a take on the expression “fingers crossed” -- something said when praying in our own way for a good outcome. Raptors – hawks – owls – eagles – and ospreys have t...
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Life is Better With Birds

December 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
It seems birds have always delighted people all over the world. They’re beautiful, powerful, engaging and make a lot of us very curious. Bird-watching or birding – the observing of birds either for fun, science applications, or other professional purposes, is an incredibly popular activity and it’s one of the fastest growing outdoor activities. It’...
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The Power to Make Humans Feel Human, In an Inhuman World

November 10, 2021  •  1 Comment
The power to make humans feel human, in an inhuman world. This Veteran’s Day I’m thinking about war, what war does to people, and how animals of almost every kind, and particularly horses, have helped many veterans, first responders, and others, manage the trauma and blunt emotion that often follows war. Just last week in Washington DC, the...
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Spread Ideas That Work

October 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
I was delighted to be thinking about my career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during my latest podcast where I speak with Katie Butler. While I was there, Katie wore a number of hats at the EPA’s Office of Inspector General and was a skilled and effective leader. Post-EPA, Katie recently launched a new business -- The GeoLiteracy...
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It Takes All of Us

October 25, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
For me, one of the most difficult things about wildlife photography is probably not what you think. It’s not the technical skill, research required, strength, discipline, travel to many and varied places, or exhibiting and selling work that’s hardest. Of course, those things have challenges, and don’t come easy; but what I find most challenging is...
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If a butterfly lands on you it’s probably tasting you…. And more interesting truths.

August 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve never set out to intentionally photograph butterflies, but the places I travel to intentionally photograph other species and landscapes, at certain times of year, are often the same places I encounter amazing butterflies. Most of us learned something about butterflies during elementary school. We may even remember a bit about the astonishing l...
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