As a freelance writer and photographer, an avid Nature and Wildlife supporter, and a member of The North American Nature Photography Association, I spend the majority of my time focused on the wildlife and natural wonders abundant in this part of the country. With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only 30 miles away and the fact that I live surrounded by National Forests in almost every direction to encompass Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee, I can always find something that catches my eye whenever I walk out my door. Concerned with Nature conservation and our vanishing native plants and wildlife, it is my desire to document and record as much of this area as I can.

I began my journey of photography in the early 70’s starting out in sports and portrait photography – but it was my love of the great outdoors that naturally led me to focus a lot of my work on nature. I am an organic herb grower, North Carolina Master Gardener, National Wildlife Habitat Steward and have a certified NWF Backyard Habitat. A good bit of my work revolves around the garden and surrounding forest.

In addition I love working with natural setting portraits for either people or their pets vs being in a studio. Residential, event coverage and commercial photography rounds out my portfolio.

Member of : North American Nature Photography Association, Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association

To see my Red Bubble Galleries which are easier viewed… http://mountainlover.redbubble.com/

Watercolor, people and pet portrait galleries at http://blueridgeart.redbubble.com/

My complete portfolio is at http://karenkaleaphotography.zenfolio.com

  • Age: 64
  • Joined: December 2008

Journal

The arrival of Spring

Right on time and just like clockwork the hummingbirds have arrived to my mountain cove. I already have at least two pair working on nests and before the month is out I am sure to have about 10 pair or more. By August and September when all the babies are hatched and flying it becomes dangerous to stand on my deck. Whoosh, they fly by and barely miss you. When I stand in the garden they hover aro…
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