We are so thrilled to finally announce our “top secret” Wild in Arizona project:  the new guidebook, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife!”  If you liked our wildflower book and you enjoy photographing wildlife, then this will be an outstanding resource for you as you explore the Grand Canyon State in search of critters, big and small.

But neither Paul nor I (Colleen) will be writing or photographing this book.  While both Paul and I photograph wildlife on occasion (typically when it runs into our landscape scenes…), we both knew there was one person who would knock this book out of the ballpark…and we are equally as excited to announce that we’ve partnered with him to make this come to life!

Wildlife photographer extraordinaire, Bruce Taubert, has joined our team to author and photograph the next book in our series, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife.”  (Paul will focus on graphic design and production, while I will serve as the official publisher.)

If you do not Bruce already from his amazing photography work in magazines like Arizona Highways or his highly-sought after photography workshops, then here’s a quick snapshot of his credentials:

Bruce Taubert

Bruce has been photographing the worlds wildlife and wild places for over 40 years.    His work has been published in Arizona Highways magazines and calendars, Smith-Southwestern Calendars, WildBird, Birders World, Ranger Rick, Arizona Wildlife Views magazine and calendars, Conservation International, several websites, Bat Conservation International and a host of educational books and other publications.  Bruce produced most of the photos for the Arizona Game and fish Departments “Bats of Arizona” and was featured photographer in “El Cielo” a book dedicated to the conservation of a cloud forest in Tamaulipas, Mexico.  Bruce is lead photographer on several Arizona Highways Photo Workshops and teaches photography workshops in Africa and Ecuador. 

 Bruce  has lived and worked in Arizona since 1981.  After receiving his PhD he began his career as the Chief of Fisheries for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and retired as the Assistant Director for Wildlife Management.  Bruce was a founding member and President of Arizona Watchable Wildlife Tourism Association and a Board Member on Watchable Wildlife Inc.  He also was a founding member of the international conservation non-profit Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.  Bruce spent 20 years traveling the world working on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  Bruce’s first trip to Africa working for the FAO was in 1979 and he has returned 14 times. 

Despite a busy year, Bruce has already typed out a first draft of the manuscript and has offered some absolutely incredible wildlife photographs to help begin with layouts.  We still have loads of work ahead of us, but we are working towards a mid-2015 release.

But we could really use you’re help right now!  We’ve put together five different possible options for the cover of this new book and would like to know your thoughts.  Which one do you like the best?  Why?  Are there any you don’t like?  Why?  Don’t be shy! Let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a FREE copy once we release it next year. Your input will help guide our decision of which cover to use!

Here are the five, in no particular order:

Cover #1

WIA Wildlife Cover #1


Cover #2:

WIA Wildlife Cover #2


Cover #3:

WIA Wildlife Cover #3


Cover #4:

WIA Wildlife Cover #4


Cover #5:

WIA Wildlife Cover #5

We thank you for your help, and can't wait to share this wonderful new resource with you soon!

~Colleen, Paul, and Bruce


20 Responses to “Announcing the new Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife book!”

  1. just ’cause you asked…. #2 or #4. These hummingbird shots are wonderful, but hummingbirds are not iconic Arizona creatures. The ringtail or burrowing owl are more “Arizona”. The saguaro blooms are, well, saguaro blooms. Ok… I’ve looked again, and then once more, and I’m going definitely the ringtail :)

    If I don’t win the raffle, I will definitely buy the book… especially if I can learn where and how to get a decent javelina shot :)

  2. My choice is…drum roll…#4. As extraordinary as each photo is, we’ve all seen many bird covers. So the real wild wildlife to me is the Ring-tailed cat. Love every cover and the Hummingbirds in particular, but that cat’s tail is very unexpected. Welcome to the team Bruce! I look forward to the completed book. xoxo Kelly

  3. Bruce is an incredible wildlife photographer, and all the cover shots are great! But to make your book stand out, I would choose the ringtail. It tells the reader this book will be exactly what it says: Arizona-specific. Hummingbirds are gorgeous, but they’re everywhere: Ringtails are the Arizona state mammal.

  4. Ringtail! Or maybe saguaro. As others have said, they’re much more strikingly Arizona images. The burrowing owl is nice, but I feel like that’s a shot I’ve seen a hundred times, and the inclusions of the interesting plants in the other two put them ahead.

  5. #1 is stunning but seems like there are lots of hummingbird photos on books out there. #2, the owl, draws my interest as something to learn how to photograph that is different from the other birds.

  6. Congratulations!

    I vote for Cover #2 – Owl – Meets all the parameters for selling! and allows for a few additions.

    I am now looking forward to 2016…however, I still have 2015!

  7. I like num 5
    Because if you delete the word, Arizona still present in the picture. I think
    The others pictures could be another place but num 5 not.

  8. Cover # 1. Blue Chin is unique to Arizona, but most of all, that image and graphic presentation is stunning. it will sell the book and Arizona

  9. #3, Hummer…cuz I’m a rebel :) They are all gorgeous, and I can’t wait for the book to come out! I will addict to the Az Hwys Wildflower and Photography books I already own. Thanks for asking for our input :)

  10. #2
    1 and 3 are stunning but a little too busy for a cover. Not in a bad way :) The owl is eye catching, arresting and interesting. That’s the one I keep coming back to. So glad for all of you that the project is coming along. Sign me up for at least 10 of them. Can’t wait to get my copy.

  11. I really like #3 and 5. Three because of the beautiful hummingbirds in arizona and five for the addition of the saguaro. Beautiful images. Thank you.

  12. All are great shots, but I will go with the ring-tailed cat. I am excited that Bruce is producing this wildlife book and cannot wait to get it.

    Bruce, like a manager at work used to tell me- “Keep up the fair work!”

  13. My top vote goes with #5 — the Saguaro says Arizona.
    The others are also magnificent but #5 just says Arizona (from a Texan!).

  14. No. 4! This is the best representation of “wildlife in Arizona “. Yes, there are many birds, but I think this covers the theme of wildlife best.

  15. Colleen,

    There is a typo at the beginning of paragraph 4: “If you do not Bruce already…”. I assume you meant “If you do not know Bruce already…”


  16. Sorry guys, but blue throated hummers aren’t every where and many people come to AZ to try and see them. But I love our saguaros and agree it says AZ, so have to go with # 1 or # 5.

  17. They are all stunning photographs, but I would have to say I like #4 the best. The other images, for lack of a better description, are a little more cliche content-wise. The ringtail climbing the agave is a more unusual sight for most of us and would certainly prompt me to open the book more than the other ones would. I would say I like #2 next best because the color scheme used for the words works really nicely with the owl.

  18. While all are fantastic, I am drawn to #1. The color is very attractive and the capture of the hummer is stunning with the wings up. Love the wildflower book and I know I’ll love this one too!

  19. All of the photos are excellent and representative of the work that Bruce produces. The cover of the book should have a nice visual appeal which all of the choices do. What is the target group of book buyers you expect to attract? If dedicated photographers, probably any of the covers would get them to peruse the inside. For a more general public, a non bird cover might help due to their maybe more limited idea of the term wildlife and an elk or deer might meet their vision closer. That is why I choose #4 as the best. Too bad an arthropod could not be used but again the general public probably doesn’t think of a scorpion or dragonfly to be wildlife and book sales would be dismal. I am looking forward to the book and wish you the highest success.

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