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. Share your comments! As of November 2019 some blog posts are now recorded podcasts available on Buzzsprout, https://www.buzzsprout.com/711591.

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My Color Crush

March 05, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
I love color and am drawn to it. On a recent trip to Florida I was inspired by so much color. From the color of the sky, the water, the landscape, and the colors of Florida wildlife. Some of the colors just stopped me in my tracks. Enjoy these images of Florida color and read more below about the power of color. Color evokes both human and a...
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Spectacular Wildlife Photography Can Be Done Ethically Nearly Anywhere: But Stay Educated

January 24, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
Whether your wildlife photography venue of choice is a vast and remote natural area, your backyard, a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary, or a rehabilitation center, you can ethically capture stunning wildlife photos in any of these settings. Yes, the right equipment and skill is needed… and that’s for another post. Photographers are not all like-minded;...
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The Extraordinary Bald Eagle: See What You Know

December 17, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
We all know there’s something special about bald eagles – the United States’ national symbol. They represent strength and determination; they’re strong and independent; they’re incredible survivors; they’re majestic, bold, and faithful; and they’re unique to North America. The bald eagle is a perfect symbol for our nation. This year (2019) I encoun...
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On the Road For Conservation

September 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
I recently visited Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton, Pennsylvania where I took part in a 4-day, field-based, raptor trapping and banding course taught by Gene Jacobs of Linwood Springs Research Station. Included with this post are a few images from the course, including several wild raptors that were banded and released. The Fall raptor migration...
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The Spirit of a Fallen Warrior: The Wonders of Hummingbirds

August 19, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Did you know, the Aztec god of war “Huitzilopochtli” is often depicted as a hummingbird? It was believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds and butterflies. There’s nothing like hummingbirds. In my area they’re very active right now. The nesting season is over. The young that survived are busy trying to secure their own...
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Why Frogs and Toads?

July 30, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Our lifestyles and habits often mean that many people don’t see frogs or toads very much. So, when I come across one or travel to a location where they’re known to be thriving, it’s a big deal. I’ve posted a few of the frog and toad shots that I unexpectedly got when I was out looking for bigger critters. Frogs and toads aren’t as abundant in na...
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A Place to Be and Photograph This Summer

June 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
“Forget The Hamptons, Chincoteague Island Is The Place To Be This Summer”. I relate to this attention-getting 2014 headline and story from Forbes Magazine (see: https://www.forbes.com/sites/fathom/2014/07/26/forget-the-hamptons-chincoteague-island-is-the-place-to-be-this-summer/#4d0960e04622). I just returned from a week at Chincoteague and loved t...
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Dragonflies -- They call them Mosquito Hawks!

May 15, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Dragonflies are a prize of nature that will, and should, change the way you think about insects. Have a mosquito problem? Dragonflies can help with that. A single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes a day. It wasn’t until I got a camera lens big enough that I paid much attention to dragonflies, other than being charmed by their flitting...
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New Additions!

April 29, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
It's been a very busy time since my last post at the end of March. Three art shows, Easter holiday, family visiting, and a lot of travel! But, I've found a little time to photograph a few of the beautiful birds in the area that are more visible these days of nesting season. Enjoy these news additions to my portfolio. I'm taking the rest of the spri...
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Think Before You Think It’s Ok To Raise a Wild Animal – Squirrels Included

March 21, 2019  •  1 Comment
I knew something was wrong when I saw the photographer posting images of a squirrel roaming around a household refrigerator. The wildlife protector in me cringed. Some would see it as wildlife exploitation. I saw it as probably illegal and exploitative. I’ve debated whether to post this story because I’m not a believer in finger pointing or embarra...
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Learning and Resources

February 25, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
I was happy to recently do an interview with the Animal Behavior Institute (ABI) for their "Success Stories" feature (http://www.animaledu.com/Why-ABI/Success-Stories-2). This feature shares stories of recent ABI graduates to highlight what students can do after completing their certificate programs. It's a great inspiration and resource. ABI is wh...
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The Majestic and Endangered Honu - Green Turtle

January 31, 2019  •  Leave a Comment
Maybe like me, as a kid, you had (or still have? 😊) turtles, fish, and all sorts of little critters you kept in small aquariums and loved. We might like turtles so much because they seem to have no fear of us, they typically aren’t aggressive, they seem very laid back and easy to care for, and what I’m most amazed by – they’ve managed to survive m...
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Give Them Their Space

December 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
In late December while out taking photos of a flock of mallard ducks, I came across (nearly stepped on by accident…) the Northern Water Snake below. Although taken with my 400mm Canon lens, with a 1.4 telephoto extender/magnifier attached, I was still very close! This was a new encounter for me, which I love because it gives me a chance to learn s...
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We Can Start New Holiday Traditions and New Resolutions That Are Easier on the Planet

November 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
This is a special time of year. For many, a big part of it is giving gifts and making holiday preparations – just a really joyful time of the year. We (sometimes!) get some down time from work, attend parties and events, get a chance to spend extra time with family and friends, and enjoy the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts. What’s als...
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Adventures this Season

November 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Thanks for visiting the blog! So much has been going on the last few months. To keep things simple, I decided to recap the highlights! I’ve had two juried art shows and two more coming later this month and early December. In September, I was at the West End Art Show in Glen Allen Virginia, just outside of Richmond (http://www.artfestival.com/festiv...
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