I am a natural history photographer located in Western Massachusetts and have been photographing for over 30 years. As with the majority of photographers, I began with a film camera. But in 2005 I made the switch to digital and have found that the digital revolution/evolution of photography has made many images previously almost unobtainable to be more easily captured.
I have always had an attraction to the woods and meadows and spent much of my childhood enjoying nature and its many plants and animals. As an adult, those interests have magnified into a passion to discover and share as much as I can find and photograph. We humans consider our lives to be quite busy and overwhelming with tasks. The members of the natural world consume all their lives with the furthering of their existence…growing, feeding and reproducing full time with no breaks for leisure. The observation of their lives is a pleasure that I hope is shared through my images. I have the greatest respect for all life forms and try to cause as little disturbance as possible while they go about their business.
As the image at the top of the page might suggest, I also have a strong interest in water and the landscape.
It is my belief that the more people become acquainted with the complexities of ecology in nature, the greater will be their appreciation of just how wonderful all of life’s diversity is in this world. And they will note how important is that diversity’s continued existence. I find all aspects of the natural world of interest, but seem to be drawn to the smaller details and hope that I am able to show others what they otherwise would not see. I’ve found that quite often a closer look reveals things that are exponentially more interesting than the entity as a whole. While a flower may be pretty and very enjoyable to look at, the activity within the flower that evolution has created to further the species is amazing. Flower parts that mature at different times or limit accessibility to ensure cross pollination and in so many different ways are the stuff that human imagination couldn’t create but only copy. The various facets of an insects body, the wide selection of fungal fruit and the way they spread their spores or the varied shapes of leaves to allow sunlight to reach those below are all evolution’s strategies. Whether it is flora, fungi, fauna or the movement of the earth’s natural resources, nature is filled with something new to experience by the minute.
I live in Amherst, Massachusetts with my wife, Mary Beth, and our beagle Murphy*. Most of my photography happens from within 50 miles of home.
*Well, it seems that I never thought to update the beagle situation. We lost Murphy on June 5, 2015. But this past June Bentley joined us to add the beagleness that had been missing from our home.