About the Authors/Photographers
Paul Gill, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, & Bruce Taubert

Paul Gill Paul Gill

Since 1975, Paul has turned all of his attention to photographing the grandeur of nature. Paul is the founding director of the Arizona Nature photographers, Arizona Photo Scouts and Arizona Photo Guides. Paul Gill’s photographs have graced the cover and pages of the world-renowned Arizona Highways magazine, calendars and books; National Geographic calendars; Natures Best; Smith-Southwestern calendars; and postcards; and many other scenic publications, calendars and books.  His work has also been displayed in numerous fine art galleries.  Paul’s photographs are featured within the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection of nature photography.

A native of the Arizona desert, nature photographer Paul Gill received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Arizona State University and worked as an art director for 17 years, designing and producing publications and fine art books for companies like the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. 

In addition to traveling extensively in western North America, Paul also captures high definition videography for the Discovery Channel and other projects.


Colleen Miniuk-SperryColleen Miniuk-Sperry

An award-winning, internationally published outdoor photographer and writer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry's photography and articles have been published in National Geographic calendars; Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars; AAA Highroads; AAA VIA; National Parks Traveler; Smith-Southwestern calendars; and a broad variety of other publications.

In addition to this book, in early 2014, Colleen authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How.

Colleen also leads photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, The Nature Conservancy, Through Each Others Eyes (TEOE), and numerous private clients.  She is an Associate of TEOE and a board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA).

Armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan, Colleen moved to Phoenix to begin a 10-year career at Intel Corporation. As an outlet to corporate life, she began making photographs of the western United States' landscapes in 2001. In 2007, she left Intel to pursue a full-time career in photography and writing.

Originally hailing from Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois, Colleen currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, Craig, and cat, Nolan.


Bruce Taubert

Bruce D. Taubert has viewed and photographed wildlife around the world since 1972. His work is prominently displayed in magazines including Arizona Highways, Science, Ranger Rick, WildBird, Arizona Wildlife Views, Conservation International, and others. In addition, his images have been selected for Arizona Highways calendars, Smith-Southwest calendars and postcards, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department calendars. Bruce’s photographs have won multiple awards in the Annual Arizona Game and Fish Department photography contest.

He assisted Dr. Arnulfo Moreno Valdez as a photographer for the acclaimed book El Cielo Reserva de la biosfers Tamulipas (“The Story of a Cloud Forest”). His bat images can be found in innumerous scientific publications, national and international informational brochures, and the Bats of Arizona poster. Bruce has documented bat inventories in both Nicaragua and Mexico.

Bruce enjoys leading wildlife photography workshops to Ecuador and Namibia and has partnered with Arizona Highways Photo Workshops to lead trips to the Everglades and Bosque del Apache. He specializes in workshops teaching macro photography, hummingbird photography, bird photography, and photographing those not-so-loved creatures of the state including rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, scorpions, tarantulas, and the like.

Bruce retired from the Arizona Game and Fish Department in 2007 after 26 years managing the state’s wondrous wildlife and wild lands. As the Assistant Director of the Wildlife Management Division, he worked on critical wildlife and land management issues. As a member of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Bruce traveled extensively in Africa, South America, the United States, and Canada.

Bruce is past president of the Arizona Watchable Wildlife Association, a board member of Watchable Wildlife Inc., and a founding member and director of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Bruce was project lead for the publication Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide, and the book is dedicated to him.
Bruce received his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph. D. degrees in the field of zoology and wildlife management. He spent several years as a scientist with the Illinois Natural History Survey conducting research on fish and amphibians.

Originally from Wisconsin, but spending considerable time in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas, Bruce now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, Anne. His daughter Julie, and her husband, Drew, and a wonderful grandson, Vincent, live close by.