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I'M STAN CUNNINGHAM

I view myself as a passionate photographer/artist with strong background as a biologist.  I strive to take pictures showing nature as it exists, with a story as often as possible.   Often called an overeducated cowboy, can't argue with that.

 As a youngster, I was obsessed with the natural world.  My favorite bedtime books were the Golden Guide to Reptiles and Peterson’s Guide to North American birds.    Most of my life, I lived in homes adjacent to “the Alabama woods,” or the prairies and mountains in Wyoming.  I spent days exploring and capturing pets.  That love never wavered through 12 years of college, and I finally got my dream job since the age of 30, a Wildlife Research Biologist.  My animal catching went from crawfish to Desert Bighorn, Mountain Lions, Bears, and numerous other species.  I spent the last 14 years at Arizona State University, teaching young people to do what I did.  I am so blessed to have lived my dream 

Over 25 years ago, I began writing both environmental and sporting (fishing) articles for various magazines.   I had to take my photos, so my interest in digital grew out of necessity.  After 5 to 6 years, I realized that I  loved the challenge of photography; I was off.  I had taken pictures all of my career, but those were mostly for presentations and reports.  Trying to learn to present animals and landscapes in an artistic way that would attract people was a new challenge.  It was during that period; I realized that science needed art, that my hard work put into now dusty scientific journal articles, was lost on the people who paid for the work, the general public.  I began to realize a good photographer and writer could inspire more people than scientists living in their own world.  

After ten years, I put together my knowledge of animals and photography and began to lead photography tours.  I’ve done both wildlife and landscape tours, both nationally and internationally.  As I taught, I also attended many workshops of people’s work I respected and my education grew. I want to continue what I think is educational conservation.  The reason for this site is to sell photos that inspire many and write a blog that gives interested people a chance to learn more about the animals featured here.  Thank you for visiting.


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We strive to provide you with a very clear picture of what you will be getting, with the ability to zoom into images and the Wall Preview and Live Preview AR. Therefore, I will not accept exchanges for different sizes and custom crops. Requests for exchange for comparable artwork of > $150 will be considered if made within one week of receipt. You will have to pay to have the item you wish to replace shipped to me. Of course any item damaged in shipping will be replaced as long as you notify me within three days of receipt. Please keep all packing material and damaged product along with some photos (phone is fine). Contact me at ursusnaturephotography@gmail.com with your order number, and pictures of your damage and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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