Randy’s Wildlife and Nature Photography
I was born in Norman and have lived in Oklahoma all my life. It was a blessing to have with relatives living in rural settings which provided me with the opportunity to develop a love for nature and wildlife. I was an avid bowhunter that enjoyed the stalk and learned patience while sitting for hours waiting on that potential shot. There came a time in my life where the desire to harvest meat was replaced with a very simple desire just be there as an observer.
Photography was something I have enjoyed since my early twenties. Family and friends started encouraging me to invest in some good quality equipment and to pursue wildlife photography as something other than a hobby.
There is an aspect of wildlife and nature photography where you put yourself in position to capture a moment in time that is very stimulating and satisfying. It’s a great adventure to be learning something new all the time.
I’m an avid hiker and backpacker. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is like my second home. It’s hard to put into words my love for the rugged landscape and animals that live there. Most of my photos come from the refuge. It reminds me a little of Big Bend. If Big Bend were closer, I would go there on a regular basis. There is nothing quite like being in the desert knowing there is no other human for miles.
in November 2009 I got a Canon 50D and 100-400 lens, so I went to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge were to capture buffalo. After visiting with some of the employees at the refuge on safe tactics, I learned that bison, their true name, are a pretty docile creature that you should have a healthy respect for. I’ve been treed by aggressive bulls twice since then. They are not always docile.
My next goal was to get a close up of a bull elk. Over the past few years I’ve learned bulls are fairly easy to approach. They seem less concerned about their surroundings than the females.
River Otters first came to my attention in February 2012. It took about 3 weeks of scouting and hours upon hours of hiking to finally capture my first shot. I look forward each winter to finding them in lakes on the refuge. I’ve had more luck seeing them in winter than any other time of year.
The Eastern Collared Lizard, Oklahoma’s state reptile, is a common sight during spring and summer at the refuge. I love the mating colors they have from April through June. The behavior of a male Mountain Boomer can be very humorous.
I recently added a Tamron SP 150-600 lens to my kit and hope to be getting even more interesting shots. I hope you enjoy my pics. Please let me know what you think about the site.
July 2, 2015 I purchased a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400 twelve color 44″ wide format printer. Ask me about custom large prints on both photo paper and canvas.
NOTE: I have many photos and if you do not see one you want, contact me and I’ll let you know if I have something. Also contact me if you have any questions about photo sizes.