I've been birding and studying nature for as long as I can remember, which is likely my entire life. Even when I was just a small kid my father would take me birding all around the area, but just growing up in a rural spot has cultivated my fascination with the outdoors.
When I was five, I found my father's bird guides and memorized page after page. I couldn't get enough of the amazing diversity and number of species living around my house and around the world. All you have to do is be aware of the possibilities and you begin to notice the wildlife all around you. People are always asking me what it is in particular that makes me like birds. Why not basketball and video games like everyone else? Well, first of all I'm always down for a pickup ball game. And in fact, birds are like a real life video game. There are target birds, rare birds, and you can be really good at birding, and frankly, really bad. Further, there is a really competitive aspect to birding. My friends and I have competitions called big days, where we bird straight for 24 hours to see who can record the most species. My personal best is almost 150.
When I was about 9 I got serious about photography and eventually bought a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS to replace the Sony I had “borrowed” from my mother. That camera was great and did the job, and I was blessed to learn with it. However a couple years ago I saved up and bought a Canon EOS 7D and 400mm f/5.6L lens. This is a dream setup for me, and I am privileged to own it. I hope to share with you here God's stunning world that I see through that lens.
Personal things about me:
I am eighteen years old; a senior in high school.
I have three pets: my two sisters and a cat.
My parents are fantastic, and my dad enjoys birding with me whenever he can get away from work.
I play varsity soccer and run track for Hamilton/Wenham HS, and love almost any game. I'm probably over-competitive.
Feel free to ask me anything, and enjoy the photos.