My roots in photography reach back to a Kodak 110 film camera that I
used in grade school. While my equipment has evolved over time, the
underlying mission has remained: to observe, preserve, and share
glimpses of our spectacular natural surroundings.
I was fortunate to grow up in the Kansas where I learned to love
wide open spaces. The often subtle beauty and seasonal changes of
the prairie provided me with endless photography opportunities and
allowed me to develop a strong appreciation for natureís
soul-healing grandeur. My deepest peace comes when I'm immersed in
nature...whether that is walking through waist-high prairie grasses,
wading in tanin-stained swamps, or scrambling over treeline in the
My journeys have introduced me to a diverse and complex world, and
triggered a quest to understand and protect unique ecosystems and
their inhabitants. I strive to capture compelling images as a way to
share natureís beauty with others. May there always be natural
scenery and wildlife with the power to take our breath away.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Sept.
Judd Patterson was born in Kansas and began to seriously develop his
interest in nature photography while in high school. Judd attended
Kansas State University where he completed a Bachelorís in Biology
and a Masterís in Geography. Judd currently works for the National
Park Service with the South Florida/Caribbean Inventory & Monitoring
Network. He continues to pursue nature photography to promote
environmental education/conservation and for the sheer joy of being
outside. Juddís photography has been used for a variety of regional
and national causes including The Nature Conservancy and Audubon
Society publications, nature education centers across the
country, Kansas/Great Plains birding guides, and a National
Geographic book on bird plumage. He has exhibited in Kansas, Florida, and
Washington D.C. including the Department of the Interior Museum and
Everglades National Park. Judd remains highly motivated to capture
images of threatened species and habitats in order to play a role in
ensuring their future.
deviantART January 2009 -
"I speak for the trees, for the trees
have no tongues"
"Everybody needs beauty as well as
bread, places to play in and pray in
where nature may heal and cheer and
give strength to the body and soul."
"The prairie sings to me in the forenoon
and I know in the night I rest easy in
the prairie arms, on the prairie heart."
"In wildness is the preservation of the world."
-Henry David Thoreau
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
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