About Me

I’ve always enjoyed birdwatching as a hobby and credit my father for my appreciation of nature.  In the summer of 2009, my husband purchased a camera for me and there began my love of photography.  I’ve been able to combine my two passions – nature and photography, into a wonderful hobby that keeps me busy all year long.  I hope you enjoy my pictures as much as I do in sharing them with you!



  1. Julie Prevatt said,

    January 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

    ………….spectacular Jo !!!

    • jkgphotos said,

      January 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Ju……Aria deserves the credit for the website though, but I hope to add pictures now and again once I learn more about everything.


    January 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Gorgeous pictures, Joleen!!

  3. laura said,

    January 17, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    looks great, joleen!

  4. VO said,

    January 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Nice photos – will look forward to more

    • jkgphotos said,

      January 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Ginny, thanks so much for checking it out. I’ll try and keep it interesting.

  5. Bill said,

    January 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Joleen – A beautiful website with very good photographs. With all this talent you’ll be in National Geographic magazine in the near future.

    • jkgphotos said,

      January 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      Bill, glad you finally found the site and thanks for the nice compliment. I hope you’ll check in often.

  6. ROBERT S said,

    January 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Joleen, A beautiful job on the website -blog and the photogrpahy, you are
    really doing a great job, let me know you need any help with camera tech or equipment selection, try and stay warm while having fun with your hobby

    • jkgphotos said,

      January 31, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks Bob, glad you were able to check it out….Lots of fun for me.

  7. Mary said,

    February 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    You do have a talent here. Great pictures.

  8. jkgphotos said,

    February 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks Mary! It was good seeing you the other night!

  9. Ann F said,

    February 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Joleen,

    Finally got to take a look. What a great job! I especially love seeing the photos with green and flowers. It won’t be long!

    • jkgphotos said,

      February 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Glad you liked it Annie…………can’t wait for more “green” pics as well.

  10. Bill said,

    October 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    You’re doing real good here Joleen. I enjoy the pictures.

  11. krikitarts said,

    March 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Hi, Joleen, Found your website looking at random new posts, and enjoyed your photography–especially the stretching squirrel. And I’ve always loved the haunting call of the hermit thrush. Keep it up! –Gary

  12. Shirley said,

    June 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Joleen, I have decided that when I grow up I want to be just like you! Your site is simply beautiful. I have always loved birds (thanks to my parents) but only began to pursue it as a hobby about four years ago. Naturally, the desire for decent photos followed, although I am only now purchasing a really “better” camera for this purpose.

    • jkgphotos said,

      June 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

      Thanks Shirley for your kind words. I’ve only been at the photography for a couple of years. Thankfully my camera, Nikon D5000 is pretty much automatic. Glad you enjoy the blog. Good luck with your new camera and getting pictures of those birds.

  13. February 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Joleen, I’ve nominated you for the Hope Unites Globally HUG Award. If you’d like to accept the award and learn how to share it with others, please read the Guidelines at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ 🙂

  14. Dounia said,

    February 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’ve just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award – please click on the link for all the info, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful blog!


  15. Julie said,

    March 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Jo, I just love your photos…what a talent you have….thanks for sharing it with us!

    • jkgphotos said,

      March 4, 2012 at 10:18 am

      You are the sweetest….thanks so much for the wonderful comment. You’ve made my day!

  16. March 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Your photos are wonderful and I enjoy your comments about them. Enjoy your retirement and I will watch for more and more pictures.

  17. kiaman2012 said,

    July 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Your Blog & photos are wonderful!

    • jkgphotos said,

      July 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by, it’s very much appreciated!

  18. April 9, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Beautiful bird shots…

    Looks like you are so passionate about nature and especially birds 🙂

    Even with a great lens, it’s so hard to get very good images of birds,right?

    Here I could see plenty of beautiful shots… your effort should be highly appreciated 🙂

    Have a great time…

    • jkgphotos said,

      April 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Sreejith, how kind of you to say. I absolutely love the birds and look forward to taking a lot of pics this Spring, then it tapers off a bit, but I do love the nature and wildlife pictures. Thank you and so glad you appreciate them.

  19. Rajiv said,

    April 26, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Superb photography!

  20. Maya said,

    June 7, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Lovely photos! Where do you live that you get to see so many warblers visit you?

    • jkgphotos said,

      June 7, 2014 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Maya…I live in Madison, Wisconsin and I believe I must be on some migratory path that they seem to use and stop off at our yard. We have a pond, multiple birdbaths, pine trees, hardwood trees, shrubbery and a very wooded and natural yard. Whatever we have the birds seem to love it. I don’t get out to other areas much, partly because I have knee problems which makes it hard to walk or stand for any length of time, but the other reason is that these birds come right down close and personal and I can watch them from the comfort of my patio chair. I’m SO lucky!

      • Maya said,

        June 7, 2014 at 7:44 am

        Ahhh, you’re in the Mississippi Flyway, you are likely to have wonderful birds visit you often, especially with such a nice retreat for them to stop by. I’ve birded in that area and felt like a kid in a candy store 🙂 It seems they are delivering those treats right to you! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your visitors 🙂

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