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.

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 if you comment on the blog. Blog posts will not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, obscene, inflammatory, pornographic, bullying, or profane content. 

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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Artist, Entrepreneur, Creator

June 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
When I first started doing art shows and festivals, I remember being struck by the sense of community and friendship among the artists, entrepreneurs, crafters and creators at these shows. In the few free minutes before, during, or after shows I try to meet as many of my artist neighbors as possible. They’re painters, wood and metal artists, fiber...
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What Goes Up Will Come Down – Know the Facts and Laws About Balloon Releases

May 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
There’s a place in Maryland where I sometimes go to photograph. It’s a stunning and large public garden, meticulously cared for, visited, and appreciated by many. Along with its beauty, I regularly see balloons and string caught up in the trees around this picture-perfect place. I was even surprised one day last spring when I witnessed a small grou...
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North American River Otter - Conservation Success Story

March 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
They’re cute, entertaining, charming, and smart. Beyond the species conservation mission, another reason many zoos may keep Otters is because they’re fun to watch and people flock to see them. I was very excited to have a few wild Otter encounters in 2020 and 2021 and wanted to know more about these charming, semi-aquatic mammals. For starters, lik...
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A New Brand Of Duck Hunter

February 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
In many parts of North America that experience cold winters, the wildlife landscape changes particularly when it comes to birdlife. Many birds migrate to and reside in warmer climates during fall and winter. However, depending on your location, ducks are one kind of bird that may be seen in greater numbers during winter. I live in an area that’s su...
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Our Responsibility to Work Toward A #betternormal - Taming the Monster in Our Closet

January 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The pandemic of 2020 irrevocably changed our country and the world. It’s revealed ways we must change. The pandemic response laid bare the truth that we live in an unsustainable world. If nature was allowed to take its course during the pandemic; without shutdowns, closures, masks and social distancing, individuals, families, and health care system...
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