The spirit of the wilderness, portrayed in fine art.
Montana native Jesse Lee Varnado lives his passion by tracking, climbing, walking and stalking through mountains and forests with his camera. Through quiet observation, care, respect, patience and persistence he strives to accurately portray the natural behavior of the wilderness and its inhabitants. Ultimately hoping to encourage conservation and appreciation of our incredible planet.
All of Jesse's work is of wild animals; no pets, zoo, game farm, menagerie or captives (exceptions in galleries for theWILDLIFE REHAB CENTER). Jesse is a photographer, not an editor, most of his work requires little or no post-editing, his goal is to capture what he sees.
A Moral Photographer
He does not agree with the use of dogs for chasing or trapping wildlife. He never uses bait out of a deep respect for natural behavior and habitat, as well as the dangers of presenting human food (naturally occurring "bait" is utilized, such as staking out a cougar kill or a lush hillside). Bait is illegal in many places, for good reason.
He is driven by the greatness and astounding beauty of our wild lands and believes it to be a great medicine that is always available for everyone.