Dave Rein grew up in a family loving the outdoors and hiking the back country of Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Dave and his brother Pete hiked the John Muir Trail in their beloved Sierra- Nevada mountain range in 1966. The vitality and energy gained from the mountains fueled his imagination.
Dave graduated from California State Polytechnic College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering with a specialty in Air Pollution Control. This was the developmental time of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. Scientists were teaching us all about understanding the interplay of man and his environment. Perishing birds (E.I. Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Peregrine Falcon) were warning us that life was not safe. Air in populated city basins also created health problems for people.
Applied Engineering Science was about designing complex systems to filter air and water both within the interior and exterior of buildings. Dave's interests included both - how humans were effected by the quality of their environment and how the natural world was being effected by degradation to the quality of ecosystems.
Dave's interest in photography began as a boy following his father taking pictures with slide film during family trips. As a young man using Kodachrome 64 was wonderful for landscapes and architecture but the slide film speed limited quality wildlife images especially with a consumer cameras. Dave's wildlife photography became serious and blossomed in the early 1990s with the purchase of Canon’s new autofocus lens and visits to Glacier National Park.
Based in Bend, Oregon since 1975 Dave has modestly journeyed the globe seeking to photograph wildlife naturally in wilderness situations. In addition to individual wild travel destinations he has participated in eight wildlife research expeditions with Earthwatch working to conserve wildlife. Research projects included studies of Grizzly Bear in Montana and the Yukon, Black Rhinos in Namibia and Kenya, Lions in Kenya, Grey Whales in British Columbia, Giant Pandas in China, and Rainforest wildlife in North Queensland, Australia. These projects required putting feet on the ground and hiking through wilderness and wildlife Preserves.
His photographs have been published in Cascades East magazine, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Bugle and Oregon Natural Desert Association calenders, Hunting Oregon book, Grizzly Bears on the Hunt book, Horn of Africa - The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia. Assignments have included documentation work of Fire Lookout Towers in the northwest for the U.S. Forest Service.
The main goal of this site is to provide images of nature to benefit and further wildlife conservation. I seek to provide additional context for each image of the natural world to further a deeper appreciation and understanding of each part of the web of life.