My name is Jim Braswell. I am a life-long resident of Missouri and my wife Karen and I currently reside in rural Cass County, outside of Drexel, Missouri (the Show-Me State). I attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where I obtained a B.S. in Biology. For 31+ years, I worked for a major pharmaceutical company. I retired on February 01, 2007 and am now focusing on nature photography full-time.
Although I photograph scenics, my main interest is wildlife. Through my images, I strive to convey the complex daily lives of the subjects I photograph. Whenever I photograph, it is always my intent to capture the actions and behaviors of my subjects. My objective is to educate others about the wildlife that surrounds us, including their behaviors, feeding habits, raising of young, and how they coexist in our complex world today.
Since 2007, I have become very active in photographing local wildlife from a kayak (which I’ve nicknamed “Rubber Duckie”). The kayak allows me to get closer to wildlife, and allows me to enter the world of aquatic mammals and birds at their level, seeing things from their perspective. I currently have several beaver families that I monitor and photograph on a regular basis. And during the spring and winter bird migrations, I get unusually close to various waterfowl. Seeing things from the kayak level is a whole new adventure!
I am a member of the Great Plains Nature Photographers (GPNP) and of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA). I am also a Master Gardener with the Greater Kansas City Master Gardener organization. I am a member of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, an organization devoted to preserving our dwindling prairies in Missouri.
I teach various photography classes at the Cass Career Center (Harrisonville, MO) in the spring and fall. In the spring and summer, I conduct a lot of half-day wildflower workshops in rural Cass County.
Publications/Places my images have appeared in:
- 2005 Missouri Lottery Calendar (February calendar photo)
- 2005 University of MO Horticultural Calendar (September calendar photo)
- 2005 Kenai (Alaska) Peninsula Tourism Brochure
- 2006 – 2016 Self-published nature calendars
- 2006 “Bild am Sonntag” article on Alaskan bears (German publication, circulation 2.3 million)
- 2007, 2008, and 2010 Dolphin Charters Tourism Brochures
- March 14, 2010 Orange County Register (California) photo for article on Alaska travel
- 2013 Permanent display of “Vanishing Flora & Fauna” in the Los Angeles County area, via the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- 2013 Glacier National Park purchased grizzly bear image for use in an outdoor “Bear Safety” kiosk
- 2014 Iceberg image purchased/used by a Washington state water purification company
- 2014 – 2015 Images exhibited in a Kansas City art gallery and at the Missouri Conservation Department’s Burr Oak Woods Visitor Center (Blue Springs, MO)
Stock Photo Listing of My Photographs (Images available on request):
- Mammals (sea and land)
- Birds (songbirds, birds of prey, wading birds, other birds)
- Cats of the World (tigers, mountain lions, bobcats, snow leopards)
- Reptiles and Amphibians
- Flowering & Non-flowering Plants, specializing in Missouri wildflower images
- Scenics (Alaska, Midwest, Florida, sunrises, sunsets, weather-related)
- Astrophotography (Perseid meteor showers/Milky Way)
Below is an image of me at work, photographing a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in southwest Oklahoma. We had just pulled into the parking lot of a prairie dog town when the rattler scooted across in front of us and coiled up in a striking position, under a broken curb stop. I grabbed my camera and took some images of the 5-foot reptile. Karen, on the other hand, was busy catching this little fellow sneaking up on me (or, did he think I was protecting him?):
Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp
If you’re looking for a great Alaska bear viewing or photography trip, you have to contact these people. They can customize a trip from one day to all summer. You will be absolutely amazed … Alaskan brown bears, breath-taking scenery, bears, a truly pristine wilderness camp, bears, hearty home-style meals … and did I mention bears? After having been to the camp 4 times, I personally know the camp staff and you won’t find more knowledgeable or better people. Their primary goal is to let you experience living with the brown bears of Hallo Bay in a safe and educational manner. Tell Clint or Simyra that I recommended them. Here is a link to their website: http://hallobay.com
If you’re looking for a unique wildlife viewing/photography trip, or simply want to kayak around many little islands, contact Rick or Dorle. They can customize a trip from one day to as long as you want to spend. Seaside Adventures is located in Little Tutka Bay, a few miles (by boat or water taxi) from Homer, AK. The breath-taking view from their cabins are out of this world. Karen and I have been to their camp several times, and I highly recommend them. If you’ve seen or purchased my 2009 Alaska Calendar, several images were taken from our last Seaside Adventure including the cover shot, which was taken from our cabin balcony. Here is a link to their website: http://www.seasideadventure.com/page/page/1662045.htm
If you’re looking for a great wildlife viewing/photography trip to Alaska’s Inside Passage or the quiet waters of British Columbia, contact Dolphin Charters. Captain Ronn Patterson, owner and captain of the 50-foot custom trawler “Delphinus”, schedules and runs trips into these areas every summer. Dolphin’s specialty is getting you to areas you would likely otherwise not see. Karen and I have been on two of their trips, and we have been thoroughly satisfied with both trips. If you want a memorable experience, I highly recommend them. Here is a link to their website: http://www.dolphincharters.com