Welcome to the Digital Aviary!

Digital Aviary is a nature photography blog. As the title implies, birds receive a special focus. In the future I will shift to more landscape photography. From time to time I post images of structures.

This is a WordPress blog because I want to connect to a community of wildlife and nature creatives. For this reason I encourage comments on my posts and interact online with like-minded bloggers and photographers.

Most of my photography is done in the Ohio Valley. From time to time I head out on a photo binge at one of America’s natural wonders. I’m especially drawn to the desert southwest.

I fit firmly into the amateur category as a photographer and naturalist. You will not find a great deal of talk about Photoshop and F-stops in this blog. In fact, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way now. I usually shoot with a Nikon D5300 with a Sigma 50-500 lens. In foul weather I use a Nikon D3100, often with a Nikon 70-300 lens.

As a citizen naturalist, I post common names for flora and fauna. I do not refer to a Northern Cardinal as either “Cardinalis Cardinalis” or “that really cool bird, you know, the red one.” Unless, of course, I can’t identify a bird. Then I refer to it as, “that really cool bird, you know, the red one.”

Three streams of posts course through this blog. The largest tributary chronicles the approaching and passing seasons. “Portfolio Friday” features photographs I’m…wait for it… adding to portfolios. The final current is posting links to compelling content from nature and wildlife photographers and writers.

I hold the copyright on all content on Digital Aviary. You are welcome to link to images or text as long as attribution is given. It takes written permission to reproduce or duplicate content. Just ask and I’ll see if we can work something out.

Blogs usually, whether intentionally or unintentionally, have a shelf life. It is possible I’m unduly influenced by writing this post on my deck at first light on a crisp, clear morning. Still, I can’t envision an end date for this website. It is my hope Digital Aviary gives back at least a measure of the inspiration that I receive from other creatives capturing nature.

Kevin Wilson