During the course of years, the focus of my work continues to be the Sierra and its environs, in their many moods. I use a digital and a 4x5 large format film camera to record my impressions of this vast and varied mountain range for my personal enjoyment and that of others.

Underlying my desire to create photographs that celebrate this "Range of Light" is a deep and abiding love for the natural world and all its creatures. Through my photographs I gratefully share this love and appreciation.

I received awards for my work at the Tuolumne County Fair, the Columbia College-All Student-Juried Art Show, and more recently, four Editor’s Picks in the Nature Photographers Network On-Line Magazine. My work has been published in the Tuolumne County Magazine and a US Forest Service publication.

I have made my home in the Sierra foothills, in the town of Columbia, for over forty years. I am currently retired and continue to pursue photography.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you enjoy my work!

Columbia, California
May 2015

"To be able to really see, one must open not only one's eyes. One must above all, open one's heart."
Gaston Rébuffat, French Alpinist

By Reno DiTullio

"People don't watch enough. They think. It's not the same thing."
Henri Cartier-Bresson


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Preston Birdwell-The Gilded Moon
P.O. Box 343, Columbia, CA 95310, USA

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