Breaking Barriers - Virginia Wildlife

January 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
In just over three years, the Virginia Wildlife Facebook group amassed over 46,000 members, and it’s still growing. What got my attention about this group is the help it provides in educating the public about wildlife, demystifying wildlife, and providing prompt reliable assistance with wildlife emergencies. Managed by volunteers with diverse skill...
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Why We Need An Alliance For Responsible Nature Photography

December 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Whether you own a camera or not; whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, or you just like to take photos when you’re out with your cell phone; my latest podcast is relevant to you. I’m talking with two of the co-founders of Nature First -- well known photographers from Colorado – Erik Stensland and Scott Bacon. Nature First was launc...
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If I Could Rename Woodpeckers, They’d Be Called Master Wood Carvers

November 22, 2022  •  1 Comment
Woodpeckers live up to their namesake – they peck wood. They peck wood to hunt for insects and to create nest cavities. Woodpeckers are called a “keystone species” for their role in creating habitat that other wildlife use for nesting and protection. Abandoned or unused Woodpecker nest-holes become nests or roosts for small Owls, Kestrels, some Duc...
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Pleasant Surprises in the Mountain State, West Virginia

October 26, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
One of my recent Fall getaways took me to the Mountain State of West Virginia. This is a region that I think many underestimate. I’ve traveled and photographed many of the iconic western mountain regions of the US, including Washington State, Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. I’ve also traveled to the stunning Canadian Rocky Mo...
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Fall Pumpkins - Turn a Wasteful Tradition Around

October 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Let’s get it over with -- the hard facts are: Well over a billion pounds of pumpkins are trashed – unused – wasted – sent to the landfill after Halloween. That adds to methane gas production - a greenhouse gas more dangerous than carbon dioxide (the stuff produced from burning fuels like coal, gasoline, and oil) In other words, our love of decor...
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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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