s a Nature and Wildlife photographer I have deep roots in Grand Island, very deep. My passion for photography started when my Grandfather Jack gave me a Kodak Pony camera in the 8th grade. That camera gave me a new way to look at the world and started me on a journey that has lasted a lifetime.
I have always been an outdoorsman, spending time hunting upland game and waterfowl along the Platte River, which allowed me to gain an appreciation for wildlife, so it was only natural for me to point my camera at what I knew, wildlife.
I live along the Platte and began to piece together the larger story of the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes and the Platte River’s role in the international migration of more than half a million cranes that come to the Grand Island area. I photographed area wildlife, including the prairie chicken, but it was the cranes that really captured my imagination. The cranes are now a major attraction and draw tens of thousands of visitors to the area, many of whom view them through the Crane Trust public viewing blinds (CraneTrust.org).
In the early days, access to the birds required access to the river, something I could provide to my new photographer friends from Iowa.
The friendships have continued and expanded, allowing me to travel to Alaska some ten times, Antarctica, Norway, Iceland, Utah and the Yellowstone area on three occasions. When asked about all of those exotic locations, why I continue to live in Nebraska, he said, “Its home. When I land at the airport and I travel back to the open prairie, I just feel at home."
My name is Rick and this is wildlife and nature in Nebraska through my eyes.