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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.
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. It was time to go. The next morning, we dropped the film at a drug store to be developed. 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.
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 car, looking at those horrible pictures, I decided I would learn more about nature and wildlife photography. That was the moment when everything changed.
At the time, I lived in the city and didn’t exactly have an abundance of wildlife around. But what I did have was birds. Lots, and lots of birds. As my passion for photographing wildlife grew, so did my need to bring a more diverse collection of nature to my backyard. Over the years, I slowly transformed my city yard into a haven for local and migratory birds. Backyard birding became an addiction and still is today. I started the blog series “The Beginners Guide to Backyard Birding” so I could help other people learn to attract a wide variety of wildlife to their yards or land just like I did.
As a conservation-minded nature, and wildlife photographer, I believe it is my responsibility to help conserve the places we all love and photograph through education, outreach, community, and research. Therefore, I’m a proud member of Nature First: The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography, and I’m dedicated to following the Nature First Principles:
Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow the rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles
Some of the Earth's greatest landscapes and natural areas are threatened by increased visitation and a general lack of care. Let's make sure we do our part to protect it.
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