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Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese,  2017 Professional Photographer of the Year, Honorable Mention,  National Audubon Photography Awards

" Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Copyright Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography. ​All rights reserved. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018​       Highly Commended-Behaviour: Birds

To capture a photo of a wild creature in its natural habitat and capture the connection to our own humanity and beauty is what drives me to make images.  I use my camera as a tool to "speak" for the animals and bring attention to this nearly invisible world, one which we often miss in our hectic lives rushing to and from work.   

My lifelong project is "Urban Wilderness".  I have explored Southern California, from regional parks to small urban fields looking at the survival of critters squeezed into these diminishing spaces.   For example the Red Foxes in San Pedro live on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and are squeezed between residential construction and quite literally the ocean.  I have created in the Galleries tab a new page, "The Fox Chronicles", a project over 10 years in the making.  I welcome your input, and hope that you enjoy their story.  

Taking their photographs evoke such excitement and connection to our natural world for me.  It is such a privilege to witness and photograph.  I enjoy sharing my passion and concern through traveling and teaching Bird and Wildlife Photography.   Check out Samy's Cameras and Tuttle Cameras for upcoming classes.   They will resume and new adventures await!

I now lead workshops to Grand Teton National Park, Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico, Africa and in 2021, a very special trip to Costa Rica!  I'd love for you to join me on an adventure that you will never forget.   My intention is to create workshops that give you more than you expect and prices that deliver incredible value.  Visit my Workshops/ Classes page for more information.  

Please stay safe.  Make the most of the gifts that we are given.   We will all get to enjoy travel adventures in the future.  Thank you for all of your continuing support.  Thank you for joining me on the journey!


                                                            Karen Schuenemann, Wilderness At Heart Photography

​                                                                  Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service