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David Cutts

Nature and Conservation Photographer

   Welcome and thank you for visiting Cutts Nature Photography.  My name is David Cutts, and I was born and raised in the great state of Texas.  As a child, I spent many hours hunting and fishing with my father.  Over the years though, I've grown to have a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a love for nature and wildlife.  As a father, I’ve had the privilege and honor of being able to teach my kids some of the same things my father taught me. 

      As I’ve grown older and wiser (mostly older!), I’ve realized that what I enjoyed the most about hunting was the thrill of the hunt and not the kill.  That’s when I bought my first camera and fell in love with photography.

       In 2009, while my wife and I were on our honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, we were blessed to see the most beautiful and exhilarating sight.  Standing alone in the middle of a valley, amidst a light snow flurry, stood a magnificent bull elk.  I quickly pulled the car over to the side of the road and started fumbling around for my Canon K2, 35mm camera.  I began snapping pictures as fast as I could.  Before I knew it, I had taken two rolls of film in about 5 minutes. I’m not kidding!  We couldn't help but stand in awe at the sheer beauty of the moment.  The light finally started to fade and the snow began falling harder.  We packed up the car and headed back to our cabin.  The next morning, we dropped the film at a drug store to be developed.   An hour later we picked up the developed pictures.  I could hardly wait to see how they came out.  Imagine my disappointment to learn that out of 48 pictures, not a single one came out.  NOT ONE!  To this day, I still get a sick feeling when I look at those pictures.  As you can see, the pictures were just awful.

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Now, in my defense, it was late in the evening and there was snow mixed with frozen rain.  And to be perfectly honest, I didn't have a clue what I was doing.  As we sat there in our rental car, looking at those horrible pictures, I decided I would learn how to become a better nature and wildlife photographer.  That was the moment when everything changed.

          Since I live in the city, I don’t exactly have an abundance of wildlife around.  But what I do have is birds.  Lots, and lots of birds. As my passion for photographing wildlife has grown, so has my need to bring a more diverse collection of wildlife to my backyard.  Out of necessity, over the years, I have slowly transformed my city yard into a haven for local and migratory birds.  Backyard birding has become an addiction.  Every year I learn something new and apply it to my backyard photo studio.  I started this blog so I could help other people learn to attract a wide variety of wildlife to their yards or land.  At the bottom of every blog is a comment section.  Please feel free to share any ideas or questions you might have.  I love to hear from my followers.     


  I hope you will continue to check in with me from time to time.  Don’t forget, this is interactive. I want to hear from you as well.

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