Growing up on a small farm in east Tennessee, I developed a love of nature and the outdoors at a young age. I pursued this interest as a career obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s Degree in Forest Resources from Clemson University. I currently reside in Kingsport, Tennessee and serve as a Natural Resources Manager for the Department of the Army on a 6,000 acre Army installation.

While attending college as an undergraduate, I minored in journalism and was first “exposed” to photography while taking a journalism course on the subject. Since that time, I have pursued photography as a primary interest for nearly thirty years avidly photographing nature subjects. In 2005, I switched from a 35mm film camera to a digital SLR camera and started Natural Horizons Photography as a sideline business at that time. Since that time, my work has been published in local newspapers, Tennessee Wildlife Magazine, and several of my photos have won awards in local photography contests.

My goal in all of my wildlife and nature photography is to apply my knowledge of the natural world to the subjects I capture so that they appear natural and represent an authentic moment captured in time. Although I photograph a variety of subjects, birds are certainly one of my favorites.


Bruce Cole