About (SHORT)

Wired for an interview at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. Our neighborhood preservation success story.

I am former feral child, trying to be a helpful older adult conservationist, using a camera, and now a blog.

I took an outdoors childhood for granted. Then I saw the natural resources that filled this childhood with beauty and wonder disappearing. Now in my 7th decade, I record and share what I’m now seeing, the best that I can in photos, to raise awareness of nature’s vulnerabilities and the wonders of nature that can yet be lost from from our lives. Especially, our everyday lives.

I live Decatur, Georgia. A small town six miles up the railroad track from Atlanta, Georgia, well inside the I285 perimeter and deep inside metro-Atlanta. I emphasize this point because many of my photos are from this setting. I’m hoping that these photos will help my immediate metro-Atlanta neighbors and all of y’all that live in similar settings appreciate the beauty of the nature right outside our doors. Leading us all to become everyday conservationists.

I shoot Olympus gear. There are many reasons which I will explain in blog posts that feature the subjects, habitats, conditions and outdoor experiences for which I think this system is best suited – for me.

Gear List: Olympus OMD EM1 ii, iii, 1X, 12-40 F2.8 Pro, 12-100 F4 Pro, 40-150 F2.8 Pro, 300 F4 Pro, 150-400 F4.5 TC 1.25X, MC14 & 20

I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography and I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:

Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles

All images © 2020-2021 Steve Rushing & RushingOutdoors