Copper Range | Blog

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, and great places or opportunities to photograph wildlife and nature.

I can't wait to hear from you!

p.s. Blog rule #1 is to learn something new and get inspired.  Blog rule #2 is a little longer and covers what not to do on this blog. Blog posts will not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, inflammatory, pornographic, bullying, or profane content. 

Tale of a Tomato Hunter

August 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
You might think that living in a city means -- if you have a vegetable garden -- it comes with no care about wild critters munching on the garden goodness. Not so. Our nearby Rock Creek National Park is home to many veggie loving wildlife, including deer and rabbits, they move about the neighborhood, and they love a good garden snack. And so, we’ve...
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Preserving Opportunities for Future Generations

July 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
With awareness that just a few months ago, sharpshooters were two blocks from my home carrying out their approved shoot of over a hundred deer, I was overjoyed to see this fawn in my neighborhood. I live in a big city but also just a few blocks from Rock Creek National Park. This means I’ve been fortunate to see many species of local wildlife up c...
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What's In Front of the Lens is More Than Fur or Feathers

June 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
What inspires me as a wildlife photographer is knowing that the animal in front of the lens is much more than just fur or feathers, but often a companion and healer. Wildlife rehabilitators, animal rescuers, and everyday pet owners and animal caretakers know the impact that an animal in need, or even a healthy, strong, and loving animal can have on...
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Pufferfish Encounter

May 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I’ve been thinking a lot about a washed-up pufferfish I came across on the beach in Costa Rica. This was weeks ago, but you’ll understand when you see the photo I captured of this baby-faced fish. This lone fish washed up feet from where I was shooting an astonishing sunset on a quiet beach. Everything happens for a reason, and this chance meeting...
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Saving Others

May 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
There are many compelling and heartwarming stories about dogs nursing motherless tiger cubs, cats nursing motherless puppies, and other cross-species examples of surrogate animal parenting. It’s special to witness this behavior in animals. For the last couple of years, I’ve made a small yearly donation to the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV) to...
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Great Places - Costa Rica

April 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I just returned from a week in Costa Rica. First things first… one week is not enough. I’ll be making a return trip… or three! Many have visited this gem in Central America. Once you’ve made the trip, it’s easy to understand why. Costa Rica is beautiful. Costa Ricans are friendly, accommodating, bright, and happy to show you their country. An...
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Underdogs and Faith

March 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Every March we rally up for “March Madness”. The annual men’s college basketball tournament where 68 college teams who’ve earned the right to play in the tournament get a chance to play for a national title or maybe just a chance to compete in the sweet 16, elite 8, or final four. Those who watch the Madness know that every year there are upsets…me...
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Women Environmental Pioneers – Telling Truths No One Else Dared to Tell

March 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
In honor of women’s history month (, I’m excited to write about two women pioneers who devoted themselves to environmental and wildlife conservation -- Rosalie Edge and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We can agree that there are more than a few women environmental pioneers. These two women are stand outs becaus...
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What We Rarely (ever??) Get to See in the Wild...

February 19, 2018  •  1 Comment
I just returned from a perfect-weather week in beautiful Southwest Florida. I’ve visited this area a few times. One of my favorite places for photography in Southwest Florida is the Big Cypress National Preserve area ( Big Cypress Preserve, a National Park, covers about 729,000 acres of a freshwater swamp ecosys...
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Update on Bird Heroes!

February 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
In my January 30 post, I shared the photo and story about a banded Trumpeter Swan I encountered while out shooting (photos!) in Northern Ohio. I visited the North American Bird Banding program web site to report my sighting of this swan. I've heard back from the program and received a certificate of appreciation (so nice!) with information on this...
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“Critter Cams” – Investing in Wildlife Protection and Conservation

February 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
“Critter Cams” – Investing in Wildlife Protection and Conservation One of my biggest “ah ha” moments came several years ago when I was on-line viewing the “critter cams” at the Wildlife Center of Virginia ( The Center has three live cams and also periodically offers a live cam into...
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Here's to Valentine’s Day – Sweet Swans Forever

January 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
As I was driving to the release location for the snowy owl (previous post!), I went past a large pond with dozens of waterfowl in it. The 10-acre pond is fed by artesian springs, which means it won't freeze and so it provides great habitat for waterfowl that winter in that area of northern Ohio. I promised myself I would stop by the pond the next d...
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Snowy Owl Release and a Week of Wildlife Rehabilitation

January 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Last week I had an incredible experience at Back to the Wild (BTTW) in Castalia, Ohio ( /), where I completed a 40 hour field work requirement for my wildlife rehabilitation certificate. Often, this time of year is slow for rehabilitators. Migrations are over and nesting, or "baby" season is also over. Up n...
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