Colorado Landscape Photographer Bryan Maltais
For me, being a photographer isn’t necessarily about the pictures; they’re just the reward for discovering what a place on the map looks like in person. I’m infatuated with wild places, and my camera brings me closer to them. At the earliest age that I could wander off alone I was finding interesting creatures and getting lost in the woods. I literally brought it all home with me, with terrariums full of salamanders and turtles in my basement. Then my dad gave me his vintage Canon from the 70’s when I was a teenager and I had a better way to bring nature home. I’m thankful for having learned photography the hard way on an old manual film camera where every shot cost a little bit.
I taught myself photography by practicing the techniques in photography books. Then to learn more about the natural world, I majored in Wildlife Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I’m passionate about conservation, and try to infuse my photos with a biological basis. I think that our own wilderness harbors phenomena beyond that of fantasy novels, and that’s what I want to capture on film.
An Army brat, I grew up in Germany, New Jersey and Missouri. I daydreamed of one day living in the Rocky Mountains and all the adventure that would bring. I jumped at any chance to travel west. A family roadtrip through Colorado when I was 16, and later a backpacking trip through Yellowstone solidified my desire to live in the West. Seeking more adventure, I joined the Army and volunteered for any assignments out west that came up. I once did training in the Utah desert where I was booted off a truck and made to navigate back with compass. I was more preoccupied by the giant mountains surrounding me than training. After college I didn’t want to be separated from the mountains any longer. I threw what I owned in my pickup and landed in Ft. Collins. I’ve also also produced some nature documentaries. Through my films and photos I hope to promote a greater appreciation of nature.
I have another website too about super macro photography of insects and herps.
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One of my biggest ecological concerns is an amphibian plague that’s sweeping across the planet and eradicating entire amphibian species in as quickly as a few months. It’s called “Chytrid” and over 160 amphibian species have been lost in only the past three decades to Chytrid and compounding factors. Spread by human activities, Chytrid is a fungus that spreads through water systems, is transmitted between animals, and can survive in the soil. Once embedded upon a susceptible amphibian, the skin thickens, proper respiration and hydration are impeded, and the animal dies. As Chytrid sweeps through new areas, it kills susceptible amphibians who have no defense against the exotic pathogen. In Colorado, the Boreal Toad is a notable species affected by Chytrid. We don’t know how to stop Chytrid yet. There are critically endangered species with too few individuals left to survive, which will soon be extinct unless we act. In these cases our only hope is to preserve breeding colonies of dwindling species in captivity, which may be reintroduced to the wild after a solution has been found. This is what my friends at Amphibian Ark do. Please visit them and watch this video to find out more.
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