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Lessons from the Heart
Through my 40 plus years as a nature photographer and wildlife ecologist, I have learned that what I've experienced from peering through the viewfinder parallels many of life's lessons my mother taught me over the years. In this section I will share some of these lessons for life with you.

Mountain Memories
There has been no better place for me to learn about nature, photography, and life than during my days living in and exploring my home state of West Virginia. In this section, I will share stories of my life living here and celebrating all that is wonderful about Almost Heaven.

Notes from the Field
One of the most enjoyable aspects of nature photography is that it gets me into this wonderful world of nature. A surprise or two will also be discovered around each corner of the trail or bend in the road. This section will offer up the latest experiences Iíve had exploring nature.

The Nature of Nature Photography
The more you know about nature, the better you become as a nature photographer. As a wildlife ecologist, I am more interested in what is happening in nature than what I am actually photographing. This section provides tidbits of natural history and ecology that I hope you will find helpful.

News from Jim Clark Photo - March 2020
I can’t believe 2019 has ended and we are now embarking on a new decade! While I have decreased my work schedule over the past few years, I continue to stay active in nature photography through my workshops at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and my work with Defenders of Wildlife,... [Read More]
News from Jim Clark Photo - February 2019

Well, 2019 is starting off great!  One of my images of a polar bear I photographed at Churchill Wildlife Management Area along Hudson Bay in Manitoba Canada was used for a major outdoor digital exhibit on the Thomas Reuters Building in New York City!  Along with a Florida Panter image by friend, colleague and Nat Geo photographer Joel Sartore, our images were used by the Defenders of Wildlife to promote their Endangered Species conservation initiative. The images will be on display for the month. Thanks to my third cousin John Jankowski and his Dad Tom for taking a few images for me!
 Image by Tom Jankowksi (c)
Image by John Jankowski (c)
Several of my images were used for the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy website. Images were taken during my time as nature photographer in residence at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in Loudoun County, VA.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland FIsheries selected my image of a white-eyed vireo to promote an upcoming Great Dismal Swamp  Migration Celebration.
The Weather Channel used my image of a Mexican Gray Wolf for a report they did about the environmental effects of the Border Wall on wildlife.  This image is my most published one and probably has been published by various media at least a thousand times!  I took this image in the mid 1990s during a photo-shoot at the Sevilletta National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. This is during the film days (I was a Fuji Velvia fan).
My 2018 Nature Photography Workshop season was an excellent and extraodinary time!  Great students, great moments to photograph, and the joy we all experienced soaking in all nature had to offer us. 
I had very successful Delmarva Nature & Wildlife Photography Summit at my second home, the Chincoteague Bay Field Station on Wallops Island. I was honored to serve as lead instructor and schedule coordinator for the station and we had a great line up of instructors: Nikhil Bahl, Brian Zwit, Jamie Konarski Davidson, and my workshop colleague Michael Traubel. Lots of opportunities for the 35 participants to photograph in the field, learn a thing or two in classroom seminars and lots of laughter and fun during our evening programs.  This was our fifth summit and our sixth one will be schedule for November 2020.
Hope 2018 was a great year for photographing and exploring nature for you! I was able to spend some time on my own to photograph and explore nature, try out some new camera gear and software, and share this wonderful world of nature with some of my close friends and colleagues.  Be sure to visit again as I'll be posting some galleries of my 2019 images of nature.
My favorite all-time nature photographer and person in the world, my son Carson, is now a rising freshman at the University of Richmond. My last photo-shoot with him was during our trip in summer of 2018 to photograph along the coast of Alaska's Tongass National Forest. We have had so many wonderful adventures together, from photographing for our two children's books (The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver), to photographing polar bears along Manitoba's Hudson Bay, to photographing the wildlife and scenery at Yellowstone National Park, and our two wonderful trips photographing along the coast of southeastern Alaska.  Great memories, great fun. Carson has been photographing since age six, winning his first international award at that age and going on to publishing two books, appearing in several magazines and being selected as the Washington Post's Youth Photographer of the Year. The young man at age seven won a Highly Honored Award from the BBC Nature Photographer of the Year Award  Contest in London. He was even the opening keynote speaker at the 2010 Annual Summit of the North American Nature Photography Association. Oh yeah, he was ten at the time and spoke before a crowd of 500 nature photographers from around the world.  It's been a wonderful 19 years exploring nature with this young man.
2018 ended with with three new clients: Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy,  NASA (yep, the space NASA!) and the Southern Environmental Law Center. NASA selected a series of my images for a nature display they are preparing for their location on Wallops Island, Virginia. The Southern Environmental Law Center selected my image of a great egret preening for their annual card collection. Three of my images were also selected for the Defenders of Wildlife 2019 calendar.The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is using my images for their website and other media sources.
I have added a few new galleries:  Eastern Shore Autumn 2018, Eastern Shore Spring 2018, Eastern Shore Winter 2018, Birds in the Backyard 2019, Nature Images from the Film Days, and Summer Morning in a Wildflower Meadow. 
In January 2018, I taught a half day nature photography seminar and half-day photo-shoot for the Friends of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge located along Maryland's Eastern Shore. We had a sold out event and I was able to spend a couple days on my own photographing at that beautiful national wildlife refuge.
For 2019, I am scheduled for two spring workshops and two autumn workshops for the Chincoteague Bay Field Station, which will also be my ninth year serving as nature photography instructor for the station.
You'll soon discover that a nature photography workshop with Jim Clark is really a "working" workshop.To learn more about the workshops visit the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. My workshops at the station are through the international Road Scholar Program
A few years ago I was profiled in the documentary, "Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place," which is now available for viewing on You Tube. It was a time when I did have a bit more hair!
I was invited to become a guest columnist for Virginia Wildlife Magazine and my first article appeared in the May/June 2018 issue with two more articles appearing in 2019. I continue to write a column - Nature's View - for the North American Nature Photography Association's e-newsletter and it's has been fun sharing my experiences exploring and photographing nature. I have been writing the column since the autumn of 2013. 
One of my marsh images from the eastern shore was selected for a major exhibit at the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center near the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Two of my images were also selected as the website banners for North Atlantic Waterfowl Venture of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Here's wishing you an extraordinary and image-filled 2019!!!

Lessons from the Marsh - Part II
One of my heroes in the conservation field is Harvard professor E.O. Wilson. He just seems to have it right each time he writes about our connection and relationship to the natural world. And he’s very eloquent about it, too.   One of my favorite Wilson quotes is “When you have... [Read More]
Lessons from the Marsh  December 9th, 2010
Lessons from the Marsh – Part I: Going beyond f stops & shutter speeds © Jim Clark One of my favorite quotations comes from a dear friend and colleague of mine, nature photographer Karen Hollingsworth: "There is no place like springtime in the marsh. I like to just sit back... [Read More]
Understanding Nature  July 26th, 2010
Anyone who has attended my nature photography workshops knows that I’m a naturalist first and photographer second. This stems from my childhood days using a pair of binoculars and the Peterson field guides to explore and roam the mountains surrounding my home in southern West... [Read More]
 July 26th, 2010


My Child in the Woods: Part I
Each summer my son Carson and I take off on a week-long journey in June to explore some of our favorite places in West Virginia. This is a time for father and son to take it easy, discover new things, eat what we want, and spend time as best buddies.   This past June we visited the usual... [Read More]
My Child in the Woods: Part II
In 2006, I was invited to be the close-out speaker at a conference at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The conference theme – Reconnecting People to Nature - was focused on why there has been a rapid decline in people’s interest and... [Read More]
My Child in the Woods: Part III
There has not been a time in my life where I wasn’t in love with nature. From my pre-school days playing with toy animals and those 100 piece farm sets complete with farm animals and a metal barn, to my first set of binoculars and my very first copy of Roger Tory Peterson’s Field... [Read More]
My Child in the Woods: Part IV
From the moment he was born, our son Carson has been witness to the amazing world of nature. From bird banding, to hiking in West Virginia, to crawling into an abandoned wolf’s den in Yellowstone, and now, helping me with my nature and photography programs, Carson has had lots of fun. Sure,... [Read More]
My Child in the Woods: Part V
One of the most enjoyable aspects of nature photography is that it gets me out into this wonderful world. A surprise or two will also be discovered around each corner of the trail or bend in the road. Mountain Memories will serve as my conduit to share with you my experiences exploring some of my... [Read More]
Life's Lesson Through the Viewfinder
Through my 40 plus years as a nature photographer, I have learned that what I’ve experienced from peering through the viewfinder parallels many of life’s lessons my mother taught me over the years. I would like to share with you just a couple of tidbits of photography wisdom that I... [Read More]
Through a Child's Eye
Growing up in the remote region of southern West Virginia was never a challenge for me. I never complained about the lack of anything to do. Instead, the mountains surrounding home became my mentors, beckoning me to explore their ridgelines, to hike their valleys, and to unravel as many of their... [Read More]
The Story of the Mason Jar
The Mason jar is as much a symbol of West Virginia as the dulcimer, a jar of apple butter, or a fog-draped August morning. There’s nothing fancy about them, but in these mountains, the Mason jar never outlives its usefulness.   Mason jars are still used for canning beans, beets,... [Read More]


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