Dragonfly Nature Photography

I am an ecologist by trade, a teacher by profession, an avid cyclist, and a photographer in my spare time. My work and my cycling take me outdoors on a daily basis, and I never leave the house without a camera in my pocket. My photography addiction started in 2006 when I got my digital SLR. Now almost 13 years later, I have taken well over 100,000 photos, thrown most of them away, and used the remaining ones in my ecology lectures and to make blank note-cards.

My photography tends to the wildlife and nature side of the spectrum, but I have been known to try my lens on landscapes, cityscapes, macros, and buildings. The only subjects I tend to steer clear of when taking photos, are people.

My work as an ecologist has involved the study of plant insect interactions and invasive species ecology in wetlands, rangelands, and two deserts in the south western US. The camera gear is the first piece of equipment packed when I prepared to head into the field for work. Happily my supervisors tolerated my photography habit - even when I've needed to get my fix in the middle of the work day.

-- Marjolein Schat