I have been involved with wildlife throughout my life. I was one of those children who never “out grew” the urge to catch things, put them in my pocket if they fit, and carry home an amazing array of living creatures. At the young age of 4, I caught my very first snake, which was a California King Snake. As a young child in California, I spent much of my time in the Southern California canyons catching horned lizards, alligator lizards, king snakes and a huge prize as a 6 year old, a rosy boa. I was very fortunate in that my mother was very tolerant of my “animal collecting” habits and our home housed a menagerie of creatures, which provided an incredible “hands on” education beginning at a very early age. In growing up in a military family, we moved often and each move provided me with a whole new world to discover what creatures lived in the new location. As a middle school student, I lived in Keflavik Iceland, where I became very interested in birds. Arctic Terns and puffins were my companions on most of my field forays and as a Senior in high School, I went to a dorm school in England. Here, I caught grass snakes and my very first venomous snake….the European Adder. Thus, wildlife was a constant throughout my life from a youngster to my senior years of today. Even in my later years, I still have as strong an urge as ever to observe new species and I continue in my quest on a daily basis. The following images date from 1971 to date and illustrate just some of the incredible regions of the world I have traveled and some of the wonderful creatures I have had the pleasure to experience.
Greg’s Life with Wildlife
1971: Central Florida 1979: Blue Ridge Mnts., VA.
1994: Glacier Landing, Alaska 2004: Cape Horn, Southern Tip of South America
2003: Magdellana Island, Chile 2005: Dittifoss Falls, Iceland
2005: Gobi Desert, Mongolia 2006: Mongolia, Greg & Donna
1979: Peregrine Tower, Cobb Island, VA. 1978: Barn Owl Chick, Cobb Island, VA.
Greg & Red-tail, Fisherman’s Island, VA. Red-tail caught in a bow-net 1979
1981: Coopers Hawk, Bull Gap, VA. Greg & Coops, VA.
Passage Peregrine Falcon, 1979, VA. Kestrel caught in a bow-net, 1980
1981: Banding Royal Terns, Hatterras, N.C. 2006: Peregrine Banding, WI.
1997: Medical Treatment on an immature Bald Eagle. Chattahoochee Nature Center
1972: Cottonmouth, SE VA. 1971: W. Diamondback, TX
1975: E. Coachwhip, Terrell Co., N.C. 1978 W. Coachwhip, W. Texas
1978 W. Coachwhip 1988: Big Bend, Rock Rattlesnake
1977: Mexican West Coast Rattlesnake
1977: Blacktail Rattlesnake, Pecos River, TX.
1976: Cane Toad, South TX. 2004: Anaconda, Venezuela
2004: Green Anaconda, The Llanos, Venezuela
2004: Green Anaconda, VZ. 2005: Anaconda, Amazon
2005: Anaconda, Amazon 2010: Anaconda, Amazon
A Very Big Alligator, S. Florida 1994: Hawksbill, Indonesia
1995: Carpet Python, Australia 2006: Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands
2006: Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Islands
1994: Komodo Dragon, Komodo Island
2005: Photographing a mussarana in the Peruvian Amazon
1996: Costa Rica: Yellow-bellied Sea Snake
2005: Gabon, West Africa: Dwarf Crocodile
2005: Gabon, West Africa: Baby Nile Crocodile
At night, watching for large Nile crocs is imperative in having a safe nocturnal field experience.
2004: Madre de Dios River, Peruvian Amazon. Greg with an ocelot kitten.
2005: Gabon, West Africa. There is nothing more enduring than a baby gorilla. This little fella wanted my hat.
2005: Gabon, West Africa: It does not get any better than this! I was very fortunate to spend a day at a lowland gorilla rehabilitation facility and orphanage. Looking into the eyes of a gorilla, from only inches away is truely a life changing experience. I have been so fortunate to have experienced many “life altering experiences” and each time it has been due to the pleasure of close proximity to the wonderful creatures with which we share the earth.