photograph of a bird in Sumac by J. A. HayI enjoy photography because it forces a different way of looking at the world. Nature photography requires that I be more tuned-in to the moment… watchful for opportunities of subject, color, and light to reveal themselves. Then it becomes a matter of being patient enough, lucky enough, quick enough, and skilled enough in using the tools (camera, lens, computer, etc.) to try to capture and frame images in a way that conveys something of what I’ve seen… perhaps just a documenting of paths that crossed or perhaps distilling some small wonder or simple beauty of the natural world.

White Throated Sparrow on Staghorn Sumac is a photograph by J. A. Hay,,