Many thanks for visiting my site. Here you'll find some of my selected images of the land, waters and wildlife of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains from more than three decades of photographing in this extraordinary region of the world.
A good bit of this work has been published in local, regional and national publications, most often for the purpose of conservation advocacy. My images have contributed to the vital work of such organizations as the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Blue Ridge Forever, Southern Conservation Partners, Trout Unlimited, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and others.
In 2011 I had the honor of being selected as National Hero of Conservation by Field and Stream Magazine and Toyota Motor Co. for my work in the long struggle to preserve the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork Watershed. Located in northeastern Tennessee, Rocky Fork was the largest unprotected tract of its kind in the Appalachian Mountains.
In 2012, again for my role in the Rocky Fork campaign, I was chosen as a Conservationist of the Year Finalist by The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Budweiser. In 2018 my photography was selected for an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC, titled United by the Appalachian Trail, celebrating the 50th anniversary of America's National Scenic Trails Act.
I am a proud native of Unicoi County, Tennessee where I live with my beautiful and amazing wife and granddaughter. I believe this pride in my Southern Appalachian home is reflected in my photograph of the Bald Mountains of Unicoi County, which serves as the 8x10 foot image for the entrance to the Voices of the Land Exhibit at the East Tennessee History Museum in Knoxville.
I hope you enjoy my work and through it might experience at least some of the passion I have for what is one of the most ecologically important and stunning regions of our world.
Peace and blessings!
David Arthur Ramsey
MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS / SPEAKING APPEARANCES
An important part of my work involves presenting multi-media programs featuring my photography and related stories from the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Contact me via this site to book a program for your civic, outdoor, conservation, school, church or other organization.
Field and Stream/Toyota Hero of Conservation Video
Nat'l Hero of Conservation Award Ceremony in Washington DC