Mule Deer

A Mule Deer has noticed that I have noticed it, and is wondering if that is going to be a problem. I convinced it things would turn out okay. Sweet...

Yellow-Billed Magpie

Yellow-billed Magpie, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The magpie is a California specialty species, as east of the Sierras the Black-billed Magpie...

What’s in Chuq’s Office (2020 edition)

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Say’s Phoebe

Say's Phoebe, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Say's Phoebe is one of our winter visitors, a fly-catching relative of the abundant Black Phoebe that...

Ground Squirrel

One of the ground squirrels that lives in Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, watching me watch it. The ground squirrels do many things for the local...

Is Luminar 4 the future of photography?

I've been thinking for a while now about what my future photography workflow will be. Am I going to continue to tie myself to Lightroom? Or is there...

Birding 101: Judging size in the field will make you cry

This is the first in a series of posts I'm calling Birding 101, which are short comments or ideas about birding about things I think might be of...

Peregrine Falcon

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6FPS V1n18 … And a Happy New Year! (and more)

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Bee and Flower

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My 1 Favorite Me: 2019 in Review, and 2020 on the horizon (Twelve Days of Favorites, day 12)

Welcome to day 12 of my Favorites of 2019, and I want to share with you, well, me. Today is the first day of 2020, and this is a bit of a look back at...
My Photography

My photography focuses on nature with my main interests being bird photography, landscapes and wildlife, especially Sea Otters and Elephant Seals. People often ask what kind of photography I do, and I struggle explaining, because my work doesn’t fit into an easily defined category, beyond, well, “Nature stuff”. The best way to describe what I do, is to answer “this is me“:

I am Giving Away my Photos (to the right causes)

For years I’ve had it on my web site that charitable organizations can license my photos for free for their use on request. To make it easier for organizations to use them, I am creating a distribution that can be downloaded in bulk and kept locally for use as convenient without having to go searching or asking for permission.

Bird/wildlife and landscape work are very different skill sets and require different gear to work, and often conflict with each other; there’s nothing quite like being out with a 500mm lens chasing a Sandhill Crane when the late afternoon sunlight explodes into the glorious magic sunset dance, and your wide angle gear is 30 minutes away locked in the car.

These days I shoot Fuji gear (see What’s in my Camera Bag for details), and I’m happy to answer questions about it if I can, or to talk incessantly about digital darkroom technique in Lightroom, so if I can be of help, please feel free to ask..

If you are a 501(c)(3) organization (or equivalent), you can apply to get a free set of these images. It will come with a free use non-exclusive license. Attribution is optional but appreciated. The license is perpetual; the only restriction is you cannot share these images outside of your organization.

I do a lot of nature photography and visit wildlife refuges and parks, and so this distribution is of interest primarily to environmental type organizations and to date my images have been licensed by organizations including Audubon and the Nature Conservancy. You can find out more here. Interested? Send an email to and we’ll talk.

Image Portfolios

Sacramento Wildlife Refuges Winter 2019

2019 Best Images of the Year

Birds of Merced National Wildlife Refuge

Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas

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