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Welcome to, the official home on the Internet for the creative works of John Nolley II, covering his writing, photography, and work in artistic media.

John is an author and photographer whose work focuses primarily on Nature. He has published several books highlighting his bird photography, and is additionally working on a series of fantasy stories focused on the themes of the power of youth and imagination in shaping one's worldview.

Please take a moment to explore the site and browse through its virtual galleries. Sample John's writing, view some of his photography (particularly his bird photography), and take a look at his artwork.

News & Updates

  • John's photography is now available online for purchase via SmugMug. Even if you're not interested in buying John's work, you'll find browsing his collections of natural landscapes and other work worthwhile.

  • John's fourth and most recent bird photologue, Cleared for Takeoff: Travel and Nature Through the Lens, is now available for purchase via The book features 114 full-color pages with over 70 of his best photographs from the past several years, including birds from Europe and Thailand alongside the stunning landscapes of the American southwest.

  • John's photo of a White Ibis devouring a crab took first place in the water birds category of Wild Bird Magazine's 2009 Photo Contest and appears in their September/October issue (available now).

  • John's third bird photologue, In Migration: A Year of Birding and Transition in Photography, is now available for purchase via The book features 112 full-color pages with over 60 of his best photographs from 2007 and 2008.

  • John has started two blogs: View from the Exerda, a general-purpose blog to discuss whatever strikes his fancy; and Digital Feathers, a blog about digital bird photography. Give them a visit!

  • Taking to the Skies John's second birding photologue, Taking to the Skies, is now available for purchase from The 120-page book features over 75 full-color photos of birds from around the United States.

  • John's Blue-grey Gnatcatcher appeared in the October / November issue of Birds & Blooms magazine.

  • John's excellent photo of a male Pileated Woodpecker was published by Birder's World magazine in their December 2006 issue. Additionally, his female Red-winged Blackbird took third place in the 2006 Huntley Meadows nature photography contest.

  • John has compiled his best bird photos of 2006 into a photo narrative available for purchase from The paperback 9x7 book includes 112 full-color pages and makes an excellent gift to bird and photography enthusiasts alike.

    Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

  • Visit the Amazon Associates Shop for a great selection of birding and photography books and gear. Get the same great prices and at the same time help keep John continue his creative pursuits.


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