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Wildlife Photographer Jim Cruce

For the past 25 years, Portland photographer Jim Cruce has generously donated nearly 1,000 of his best images to Audubon Society of Portland for use in our education, conservation and publicity work.

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For the past 25 years, Portland photographer Jim Cruce has generously donated nearly 1,000 of his best images to Audubon Society of Portland for use in our education, conservation and publicity work.  No doubt you have seen Jim’s incredible images that have graced the pages of the Warbler.

His work can be also found in many other publications including recent Great Blue Heron Week brochures and the full color guidebook Exploring the Tualatin River Basin.  Color slides of Jim’s images are now being incorporated into many of our educational slide shows that travel to local schools, helping us inspire young birders of tomorrow.

Jim has been taking pictures of wildlife for over 35 years.  He was born in 1933 and grew up in the bayou country of southeastern Arkansas. 

As a boy, Jim was a regular “Huck Finn”, stomping through the swamps that were catching snakes and frogs.  He started photographing wildlife, particularly birds, in the 1960’s. 

Jim worked at the Oregonian for almost 36 years in the camera department, and it’s at the Oregonian that he became friends with our own Tom McAllister some 25+years ago.  Jim retired from the Oregonian in 1995 and pursued his hobby of wildlife photography full time ever since.

Jim uses an F-100 Nikon camera with a 1.4 Nikon converter.  His film choice is Fuji 200 and 400 ASA.  On cloudy and rainy days, he will sometimes use Fuji 800 ASA.  Jim taught himself to handhold his camera and most often shoots from his car, using it as blind. 

Jim states that the most important thing to becoming a wildlife photographer is to simply love the outdoors and photography, and put the two together.

To purchase Jim's photos call: 503-669-3469

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