For more than 35 years Jim has delighted audiences across the country with his stories and images. His program Mason Jars and Memories was profiled in the film, Mountain Memories, which was broadcast on PBS TV in August, 2003.
Since 1995, Jim has presented more than 300 programs to various venues around the country. Jim has been a keynote speaker for several organizations, including the
- North American Nature Photography Association
- Watchable Wildlife Conference
- Greenbrier Resort
- New England Camera Club Council
- Photographic Society of America
- Tamarack Arts & Crafts Center
- Delaware Photographic Society
- West Virginia Reading Association
- Mclean Photography Club
- National Wildlife Federation
- Carolina Nature Photography Association
- Potomac Valley Nature Photographers
- Harpers Ferry Historical Association
- Potomac Valley Audubon Society
- West Virginia Book Festival
- WV Rotary Club Annual Conference
- Marine Science Consortium - Wallops Island, VA
- WVU 4-H Programs
- National Camping Institute
- Georgia Nature Photographers Association
and several national wildlife refuges including Canaan Valley, Patuxent, Blackwater, Cape Romain, Bosque del Apache, and Chincoteague; New Mexico Festival of the Cranes, International Platform Association, West Virginia Riverfest, Grandfather Mountain Photo Expo, Loudoun County Photography Club, Manassas Photography Club, Vienna Photographic Society, Defenders of Wildlife, Hampshire County Fine Arts Council, West Virginia University, National Conservation Training Center, Big Creek High School (commencement speaker at his alma mater), Meadowlark Photo Expo, Virginia 4-H, West Virginia 4-H, Cabell County Reading Association, Chincoteague NWR Volunteer Association, and Loudoun Country Day School.
Jim’s inspirational style and his down-home stories combined with his photography sparks a passion in others for nature and life. Jim simply loves to share with others his excitement about nature and photography.
In these programs, Jim weaves a story about capturing a sense of place, not just in our photography, but in our hearts, as well. Transcending nature photography and delving into a celebration of life, these programs offer an entertaining and inspirational experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Each program is dynamic in that images change due to Jim’s recent photo-treks across the country.
If you would like to have Jim speak at your club or function, please contact him
. Jim and his son are also available for programs, but they must be scheduled way in advance so Carson doesn’t miss much school. Click on News and Views for current listings of upcoming programs.
Some of Jim’s programs have included:
Life through the Lens: Notes from the Field, Lessons for the Heart:
Jim will share his memories from more than 35 years photographing the natural world. He will also share lessons he has learned from his thirteen-year old son Carson during their Buddy the Beaver book project. Oh yeah, Carson was eight years old at the time.
Mason Jars and Memories: A seasonal journey through the wild and rugged landscapes of his beloved home state of West Virginia. Using the story of the magical qualities of the Mason jar, Jim invites the audience on a personal journey though the landscape that ignited his passion for nature and life.
A Natural Celebration: Jim uses his photography to take the audience on a journey to selected wild landscapes across the country. This program highlights the beauty and mystery of America’s natural heritage.
Between Ocean and Bay: The Eastern Shore: Jim invites the audience on a journey to the fabled Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The program explores the natural beauty of this coastal region that still retains some unique and important natural areas.
The Land of Deep Times: A celebration through music and imagery of the natural wonders of the Appalachian Mountains, especially of the landscapes of Jim's beloved home state, West Virginia.
Spirit of Place: A Natural Celebration: Jim’s recent program is a celebration of the wonders of nature found near his home, including the Eastern Shore, the Piedmont region of northern Virginia, and of course, his home state of West Virginia.
Buddy, Dad and Me: A Journey of Discovery: This program presented by Jim’s son, Carson tells the story of Carson’s early entry into the world of nature and photography. The story offers many lessons for life for both youngsters and adults. Carson also talks about how he and his dad photographed and wrote the book The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver. Jim serves as the warm-up act for the program.
My Child in the Woods: Through photography and personal experiences, this program addresses the challenge of getting today’s youth interested in nature appreciation. Based on an interview Jim had with his son when Carson was seven years old, this program offers suggestions from a father and son how to connect and reconnect young folks to the natural world. Depending upon his availability, Carson will be co-speaker for the program.
Other programs have included: Island Oasis: Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve; The Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place; A Look at the Land: A Journey of Re-Discovery; Mountains of the Heart: The Appalachian Mountains; and Me Tsi A Da Zi – Yellowstone.