My whole life, I have had some sort of connection to the natural world. Even as a kid growing up in suburban New Jersey, my idle time was spent exploring the woods behind our house or the small pond two blocks down the road, learning the name of every tree, bird, or bug that I encountered.
After moving to rural southeastern U.S. with my family as a young teenager, the new opportunities to explore real wilderness increased exponentially. While hiking, backpacking, and fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my love for nature and this region solidified and endures until this day.
After college in North Carolina and several years in the corporate world, I started a fulltime career out of outdoor photography and writing in 2003.
In 2005, I received the National Conservation Award in Communications by Trout Unlimited for my extensive research, photography and writing projects on behalf of preserving the habitat of the threatened Eastern Brook Trout, which live only in pristine, high-elevation streams of the Appalachians.
In 2006, my first book, South Carolina Wonder and Light, was published by Mountain Trail Press, which features the natural landscapes and wildlife of my home state of South Carolina.
I was my privilege to be awarded the contract to produce all thirteen images for Canonís 2009 corporate calendar, Portraits of Wind, which feature landscapes and wildlife of the southeastern United States. The calendar was printed in seven different languages and distributed to electronic retailers all over the world.
I now offer nature photography workshops and tours on my website and through Mountain Trail Photo.
I am also a managing partner of Mountain Trail Press, a Mountain Trail Photo team member, and Editor-in-Chief of NPN.
My website is www.richardbernabe.com.
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