William Wise

הצטרף ב:מאי 26, 2018 פעילות אחרונה: אוק' 30, 2020

Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. William Wise Nature Notes is my wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation.

My first love was snakes. In the 1990s when I should have been studying, I was taking trips to South Georgia to herp hunt. Then, in the spring of 1996, I participated in an alligator capture-tag-release program on Bear Island WMA, SC. After holding my first juvenile gator and restraining a growling adult underneath me, I was hooked on gators! I enjoy going through all the alligator observations on iNat, adding IDs and annotations. I also admin the Alligator Appetites Project. In 2017, upon getting a smartphone and eBird, birding also became an obsession. Prior to that, my interest was limited to "hawks and herons". Now I delight in photographing and listing as many as I can in my regular birding patches in Clarke and Walton Counties, Georgia.

I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. I am not an Okefenokee expert, but certainly an Okefenokee enthusiast! I try to visit at least once every couple of years. To show off this wonderful National Wildlife Refuge, I started the iNat Okefenokee Photography Project and the Okefenokee Photography Wordpress blog where I post photography, journals, facts and natural history of the swamp.

I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

As an animal shelter manager, most of my non-nature photography is of the adoptable dogs and cats and can bee seen posted as Happy Endings . I sell my stock pet and wildlife photos primarily to support the pet adoption website. I've shot with several Nikon cameras throughout the years (D80, D7000) but now primarily use the Nikon D500 and Sigma 150-600mm lens for most of my wildlife photography.

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