Why wildlife photography?

Watching and learning the behavior of wildlife is something that never gets old. At heart I am a naturalist, having absorbed the same passion from my father. I am happy observing anything from insects, fish, herps, birds or mammals, although I have to say that mammals are my favorite, I have more connection to them – I am one! Being a naturalist and having spent my whole life watching nature I feel it helps me vastly with my wildlife photography by being able to better predict behaviors. However, even species that I have witnessed repeatedly are often prone to surprise – that keeps it exciting. We all must do more than simply try to shoot the perfect portrait. Today there is an urgency to tell the backstory; the habitat loss, range fragmentation, diseases, threats, etc. My wildlife photography has been used to accompany many stories in a host of magazines including National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Ranger Rick and more.