Welcome to my nature and wildlife photography blog. I have had a long standing interest in science and the natural world for as long as I can remember. I grew up fascinated and inspired by Jacques Cousteau and National Geographic specials on television. Through my teenage years I grew up wanting to be the next Jacques Cousteau. I attempt to capture wildlife with my camera in a way that shows the essence of their nature. My greatest hope is that my images are aesthetically pleasing but more importantly educate others and raise awareness of our natural environment in way that motivates others to understand it and protect it for coming generations. I take great inspiration from the amazing successes of the comebacks of previously endangered species such as the Bald Eagle and Osprey and can only hope with the looming threats of global warming, habitat loss and other environmental threats that we are smart enough to prevent other species from facing extinction.
I thank you for your interest and visit and hope you will visit often to see what is new.
I'm flattered to inform you that I've been asked to do a presentation for the Ocean County Artists Guild Photography Group on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 7-9 pm. For more information please see this link: http://markschwallphotography.com/ocean-county-artists-guild.pdf
This presentation is free and open to the public. If you are in the area and interested please feel free to attend.
My presentation to the Red Bank Photography Club will be on April 1, 2013 instead of April 8th. It was my misunderstanding.
I've been asked to do a presentation for the Red Bank Photography Club. The meeting will be held at 7 pm on April 8, 2013 at the Red Bank Public Library. I hope that some of you can make it.
I recently authored an article about my experiences with photographing Bald Eagles this past autumn on the Susquehana River for a new photography website/blog at www.mylightshop.com. You can find the article here: Bald Eagles of Autumn on the Susquehana.
Superstorm Sandy was a catastrophic event for the New Jersey Shore as well as much of New York City and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region. While federal agencies and other relief organizations work hard to help those who have had their homes damaged or lost everything in far too many cases, there are other needs as well including our parks and refuge system.
Since I live in Toms River, New Jersey and do a considerable amount of photography at Cattus Island County Park which is part of the Ocean County Park System, I have elected to donate 50% of all profits for a limited time from the sale of my images to the restoration efforts at Cattus Island. In addition to the flooding of the Cooper Center, their environmental and education building, and hundreds of downed trees blocking their hiking trails they lost almost all of their equipment including a small John Deere tractor used to maintain the trails and parks.
Cattus Island is home to a wide variety of wildlife including Osprey, egrets, herons, various shore birds, Whitetail Deer, Red Foxes and various small reptiles and amphibians. Please feel free to view my Cattus Island Gallery to get an understanding of some of the wildlife that inhabit the park.
If you would prefer to make a direct donation in addition to or in lieu of purchasing a print you can donate here