|2018 Red Slough Birding
Convention Guest Speakers
|"Blessed by the Light; Nature Photography"
|Greg, a retired law enforcement officer, has been birding for over
40 years and now spends most of his time as a wildlife
photographer and naturalist. He has co-authored the Texas column
for the publication "North American Birds" for 18 years, has served
on the ABA Checklist Committee for two terms, and was Secretary
of the Texas Bird Records Committee for almost 20 years. From
1985-2005, Greg led birding tours part time for Victor Emanuel
Nature Tours and has done quite a bit of birding all over North
America, Mexico and Central America as well as parts of South
America. He has also made more than a dozen trips to Antarctica
as a bird guide. He has been lucky enough to visit all 50 states in
the U.S., as well as 40+ foreign countries.
Greg sometimes refer to himself as a "Birder Gone Bad" since
after many years of focusing on birds, he went over to the "dark
side" and since about 2000 has been studying and photographing
dragonflies and damselflies. He is an active member of the
Dragonfly Society of the Americas and has served on the executive
council of that organization. He is also a member of the Odonata
Survey of Texas. A number of his odonate images can be found in
Dennis Paulson's odonate guides as well as "Dragonflies of Texas"
by John Abbott which was published in early 2015.
Greg and his wife, Cheryl Johnson, reside in Dripping Springs,
Texas, which is about 15 miles west of Austin.
|Steven Hunter grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Fort Smith, Arkansas. He earned two degrees from the University of
Arkansas and one from the University of Central Arkansas. His photography schooling has been limited to the School
of Hard Knocks and trial and error.
For over 20 years, Steven has been taking nature photographs seriously, but his love of photography dates back much
further. When he was as young as seven, his grandmother fostered his love of photographs by showing him historic
photos of her family and Yellowstone National Park. Steven’s passion for nature photography grew as he raised his
own family, living in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arkansas.
Since 2000, Steven has lived in Fort Smith and Van Buren, Arkansas, with his ever growing family which now includes
four grandchildren. Living on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma has afforded Steven many opportunities to
intimately explore parts of both states.
Steven has published three books: Mount Magazine, Looking for the Light, A Photographer’s Journey, published in
2011; Graced by the Light, the Cherokee Prairies, published in 2014; and The Wichita Mountains, An Oklahoma
Treasure, published in 2016. His photography hangs in private homes and businesses, and graces lodge and cabins of
Mount Magazine State Park in Arkansas. The Arkansas State Parks Department and the Oklahoma Nature
Conservancy have used Steven’s photographs in their publications. He is now working on his fourth book which will
showcase the beautiful landscapes, close-ups, and wildlife of the state of Oklahoma.
Steven’s photography practices and goals are rooted firmly in his Christian faith. His prayer is that the beauty in his
pictures will bring light into your heart, and that you will find “The Light of the World”, the Lord Jesus (John 8:12).