You have probably seen Phil Robertson‘s images if you have been around the circles inhabited by nature and wildlife lovers in California. His work is in materials published by Audubon, Bay Nature Magazine, and the Nature Conservancy, and now Placer Land Trust!
Phil has spent many mornings this spring tucked in a blind at Doty Ravine Preserve or Swainsons Grassland Preserve waiting patiently for the creatures that call these places home to perform their magic. His work makes for some great images of the natural world, but it also helps us identify species that we would never know we were supporting!
“I called and photographed my first bird, a California Quail, at the age of 13 using a reed quail call and a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye box camera. Been hooked on nature photography ever since,” says Robertson.
“Growing up on a small farm in Southern Illinois I learned to love and appreciate nature. As I grew older (and older) the love grew stronger. The love of nature and capturing the beauty and excitement of nature is what gets me out of a nice, warm bed hours before dawn on an icy winter’s morning. It motivates me to walk through cold dark waters in my chest waders to a photo blind at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge or a local pond; and then sit quietly as possible for hours hoping to get “the” shot of a bird or animal.
Little in this world is as beautiful as a male wood duck’s breeding plumage as he soaks up the first rays of morning, or as delightful as the descending call of a Canyon Wren, or as exciting as the exuberant, sudden rise of thousands of Snow Geese, or as awesome as the Spring bloom of wild flowers.
What better way to appreciate God’s handiwork?”
Thanks for sharing your eye on the world with us, Phil!