Ron Longwell is a photographer and writer based in Abilene, Texas. Ron grew up roaming the hills and creeks of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Plateau. It was there that he fell in love with the serenity and beauty of the natural world, and at the age of 16, he began trying to capture that beauty with a camera.Ron went on to earn a wildlife degree from Penn State. While a student, he worked on a project to reintroduce snowshoe hares to north-central Pennsylvania and spent part of a summer assisting a biologist trapping and tagging black bears in the Poconos. He went on to study forestry at the University of Montana, and worked for a time with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington and Montana. Later in life, he earned advanced degrees in ministry and theology.Simply put, Ron strives to create beautiful and compelling images of life, in all its wonder and beauty. Although his first love is nature photography, Ron is also a talented portrait photographer. Creating images that showcase life is an endless fascination for Ron. On top of that, Ron is an acknowledged and competent generalist behind the camera, and as such, has supplemented his nature and portrait work by working as a freelance photographer for the Abilene Reporter-News and occasionally takes on commercial projects for local businesses.Ron's images have been published in Texas Highways Magazine, the Abilene Reporter-News, and Professional Bowhunter Magazine. In addition to his own blog, his writing has also been published on the site Black Star Rising.Ron is the current President of the West Texas Photographic Society.
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