completion of the Trail, Rodale Press contacted me to contribute to a book called
“Hiking the Appalachian Trail”. One of my photos appeared on the cover
of the second volume along with thirteen other photos on the inside.
While I was completing my graduate work in biology, I entered a photo contest
run by Nikon and won a fourth place. Later, while teaching Wilderness Studies
at Idaho State University, I entered one photo in the National Wildlife Cover
Photo Contest and won the grand prize out of over 10,000 entries. While at ISU,
I took photography courses in the Art and Journalism departments. At that time,
I also began teaching nature photography classes.
Since moving to Durango, Colorado in 1981, I have been a full time freelance
nature photographer. My work has appeared in many books, magazines, on numerous
gift items and in as many as 20 different calendars in one year. I have thousands
of photo credits from hundreds of publications.
My photos have been used in national ad campaigns by such diverse entities as
AMTRAK, THE NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, THE NATURE
CONSERVANCY, PHILLIPS PETROLEUM, SERENGETI and THE DETROIT TIGERS BASEBALL CLUB.
Two of my photos can even be seen on the tails of FRONTIER AIRLINERS. Since 1989,
I have lead photographic tours to special locations around the world.
About ten years ago, I switched from Nikons to Canons and just last year have
gone from film to digital. I have always loved the big cats and have been privileged
to photograph them in both controlled conditions and in the wild many times.
I love photographing the big cats because – for one thing – they
are so big. The size of these animals is awesome. The big cats are also fascinating
to me because they combine the traits of beauty, power, loyalty, intelligence,
independence and grace. I have led over ten photo safaris in Africa and every
time I go, what I want to photograph most are the big cats.