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About the photographer

 I grew up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, a stone's throw from the Quebec border. Some of my first memories are of stark, Vermont landscapes - overgrown hill farms, north-flowing rivers, and deep woods. From a very early age, I was fascinated with the natural world. I spent countless days collecting butterflies, learning the names of trees and flowers, digging through the rocky, glacial soil in search of pink granite, quartz, and chert. I was very fortunate to live where I could, with a short walk, be in unbroken woods for hours at a time, and my childhood passed fishing, hunting, and observing nature. 

By the time I graduated from high school, it seemed to me that Vermont was changing - dairy farms were drying up, new houses were being built faster than I'd ever seen, and communities were growing at an alarming pace. A Golden Gloves boxer and college baseball player, I toughed out the next few years in school, and, literally as my name was being read at my college graduation, was going hell bent for leather for Montana and the space I needed at that time. 

For the past twenty years, I've lived in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, working as a freelance journalist, logger, substitute school teacher, prize fighter, miner, and explosives engineer. I've had two novels published, The Last Buffalo Hunter and Every Man's Hand, and have, often on a shoestring budget, explored much of this great state and the west. 

I've searched for things my whole life - 19th Century bottles among cellar holes in Vermont, old coins with a metal detector, quartz crystals, sapphires and fossils, elk and deer and bear, and, most recently, the beauty of the natural world as seen through my eye and a camera lens. 

I believe that perhaps now more than ever, as our world hurtles along with technology none of us could have imaged even a decade ago, there's great value in viewing and trying hard to preserve the wilder places around us. Through my photography, I try to capture a snippet of time from places I enjoy most. I think that, even having worked as a writer, a good picture can deliver a message better than words. 

You'll find pictures from Montana and New England on my site, shots of night skies, sunsets and sunrises, landscapes, birds, wildlife, and water. These are my interpretations of a little of the natural world around us all. 

I shoot with Nikon equipment, upgrading to their D810 digital camera this past fall, and the pictures here on this site are just a few of those I've taken. If there's a specific subject you are interested in and don't see listed, the chances are I may have a photo of it in my archives. Don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for something in particular. 

Thanks for stopping by and looking at these photos. 

Jake Mosher