Joyce A. Tipton

 
 

Joyce A. Tipton

Joyce A. Tipton is a photographer, birder, nature enthusiast, and traveler.   Her love of nature reflects a childhood spent in rural Texas and a love for being outdoors. 

“I capture photographic images because it brings me joy. Beauty becomes more tangible when I can return to moments through permanent images. Nature, the big picture and the minute detail, are more alive to me when I'm actively looking for the shot. Colors, angles, and patterns become more meaningful when I seek them with my mind and my eye.”


Photographing birds offers me the challenge of capturing detail and animation in the small, the fast, and the hidden.  It brings me the delight of becoming part of their world. 

As I immerse myself in the lives of cardinals, finches, hawks, and hummingbirds, I reflect on the similarity of their challenges to those of humankind, from interpersonal disputes to the catastrophic impacts of climate change.  There are three billion fewer birds in North America now than in 1970.  One in four birds have disappeared from the landscape due to environmental changes, loss of habitat, and human driven threats.  Birds not only bring us joy and entertainment, they are essential elements of healthy ecosystems.  Birds pollinate plants, spread seed, controls pests, perform clean-up