My name is Jerry DeBoer and I’m a naturalist that almost always carries a camera. That’s the way I explore the world. I can’t carry every imaginable field guide with me at all times so instead, I carry a camera. When I find something I want to learn more about (which is more times than not), I study it and takes its picture, hoping I can identify and learn more about it when I study the photograph surrounded by my collection of field guides. I have more field guides than most, certainly more than my wife would consider reasonable but yet, not nearly as many as I think I need. That’s the life of a naturalist I guess. Our passions go well beyond the birds or the butterflies. We want to know how everything works together.
My current home base, along with my awesome wife Nancy is in southeastern Wisconsin, kinda sandwiched between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. There’s lots of people around me and what isn’t a city or town of sub-division is pretty much farming country. Yet, within the widely scattered green spaces around me, there’s places to explore. Perhaps it is the lack of truly wild places that is my motivation for giving nature a closer look?
As often as is reasonable, we head to the northwoods of Wisconsin. The land is wilder there, more natural. Easier to get lost or lose oneself, a good place to get your mind and spirit back in balance. Amidst the tall pines and hemlocks, the soaring Bald Eagle, the roaming Black Bear and the ancient calls of the Wolf and Loon are all part of the “good medicine” that nature provides.
Beyond Wisconsin, we’ve traveled to most other states. I love the west. The west is so much more than just high mountains. Sure, I love the snow-capped peaks but just as fascinating, if not more so, are the high deserts, the rugged canyons, the dry hot deserts of Arizona or the lush forests and rugged coastline of the Pacific Northwest. Whatever the geography or habitat, there is plenty to explore.
I take my photography seriously but to be honest with myself, I’m a child-like naturalist long before I’m a true photographer. Just being immersed in the sights and sounds of nature is good medicine to me. Being able to carry a camera is like adding a few sprinkles on top of the icing on the cake! But having taken pictures since well before high school, I’ve taken many nice shots and have received some very high recognition of my images and many of them have been published or hang on the walls of homes and offices. It is through the sale of the occasional photograph that I sustain this site. To see a collection of images, I invite you to view and consider purchasing an image at this link:
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Most the articles on this site will be about nature: places to go, species profiles, journal of a hike I take, etc. Occasionally I might write an article about photography and other times I’ll write about our experiences in natural landscaping and gardening. It’s simply going to be a gathering of things I learn as I explore nature and those things I feel are worth sharing. I’ll also say that the articles are written for the average person, perfectly suitable and age appropriate for middle school to adult.
I hope you’ll take some time to explore the beauty of nature with me, share your thoughts, share your sightings, ask questions. Let’s enjoy it together.
Best wishes to all and thanks for visiting.