I recently had the opportunity discuss photography and field craft with International Bird Rescue. Many thanks to Russ Curtis and International Bird Rescue for the generous and lovely presentation. They do the work of angels -- for the many wild ones among us.
[The photos here are of animals, scenes and experiences shared by or with fellow photographers and birders.] To Share or Not Share Wildlife Locations One of the best things about wildlife photography, outside of spending time with wild animals, is the community you build. A good number of us grew into this pursuit because we connected with animals ... which then translated naturally to observing them behind the lens. Most of us share a zeal for the craft, and -- especially -- a LOVE for our subjects, [...]
Moving to the Pacific Northwest changed nearly everything about my photography. When we left San Francisco, with mixed feelings for sure, I consoled myself with the idea of photographing species I'd never seen in the Bay Area -- like Bald Eagles and Orcas. I anticipated tramping along the shoreline trails of Puget Sound as I did around San Francisco Bay, finding my way in a new landscape and ecology. I envisioned the Salish Sea [...]
Here's the 'condensed' chronology of how I became that someone who is not a birder: Age 0 to 4: My first (and only) nanny was a German Shepherd. Also, age 0 to 4, born into a family of animal lovers and mushroom foragers. Age 5 to 13: Living as an expat in Europe, left to my own imagination, I wandered the woods with my brother, and checked out every How and Why Wonder Book in [...]