Rick's Bio

As a passionate fan of nature and landscape photography I choose to spend a lot of my time wandering the desert Southwest in search of inspirational composition. Originally from Oklahoma, I transplanted to Arizona over two decades ago. I have been fortunate to have lived on the Oregon coast, attend graduate school in Chicago, and work in Moscow (Russia).

Along the way, some have taken notice of my work. I count each and every compliment and/or award a special honor. I've taken the liberty to include a few images here that have received a bit of recognition. You may click on the active link in each paragraph to view the image.

National Geographic selected my desert dust storm shot from over 15,000 images for their 'Show Me Your Wilderness' assignment, and included it in the February digital issue of National Geographic Magazine. One of my first phone calls from their Washington DC office was an inquiry about how I pronounced my name. Still can't figure out how that applied to being published in their magazine. Too funny!

Arizona Highways Magazine selected my desert dust storm shot for their Photo of the Day. Click here and scroll to July 21, 2015.

Thank you Outdoor Photographer Magazine for selecting my monsoon image for your Photo of the Day. Click here to see the image.

The Weather Channel did a special featuring my monsoon photography. You may click here to view the video segment.

My Park Photos (a site dedicated to promoting our Nation's park system) selected my Desert Light piece for their September Photo of the Month.

The image titled, 'The Perfect Storm,' was captured during summer thunderstorm NE of Roswell, NM. In a miracle of timing a falling star appeared for a moment right above the thunderhead. This piece has been selected to be a part of the National Geographic Creative Collection. Here's a blurb from NG's site: 'Showcasing the work of hundreds of award winning photographers, the National Geographic Creative photography collection spans National Geographic’s 125-year history and embodies the global vision, spirit of adventure, and credibility for which we are recognized worldwide. The imagery portrays the planet’s diverse peoples, creatures, and landscapes as only National Geographic can.'

My 'Primal' image of two bison sparring in Hayden Valley of Yellowstone was selected as Outdoor Life Magazine's Photo of the Year.

'A Technicolor Sky' was featured on the Weather Channel's, 'Wake Up with Al,' TV show. Only twice have I witnessed such brilliant magenta and cyan colors manifested in a sunset. I'm fortunate I had my camera in hand to record this event.

In my work, 'A Quiet Place,' autumn arrived in spectacular fashion in the White Mountains of Arizona. This piece was featured in the March '12 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine.

'Desert Moon,' a desert Southwest (Arizona) piece, was selected as an Earthshots Photo of the Day. The serene moment was a wonderful treat for the senses as the desert began to come alive at day's end.

My 'North American Robin in Song' image has been selected to be a part of the National Geographic Creative Collection. Here's a blurb from NG's site: 'Showcasing the work of hundreds of award winning photographers, the National Geographic Creative photography collection spans National Geographic’s 125-year history and embodies the global vision, spirit of adventure, and credibility for which we are recognized worldwide. The imagery portrays the planet’s diverse peoples, creatures, and landscapes as only National Geographic can.'

Since you are already here, consider checking out all of my galleries. Note I continue to upload new pieces on a regular basis, so please feel free to return often. Click here to view my very latest uploads that are available for purchase in your favorite format. If you would like to receive my Photo of the Day via e-mail (it's free!), you may click here.

Thank you for stopping by.

- Rick