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  • The Gift of Life Occurs in the Moment…

    Geryl Mortensen believes the Gift of life occurs in the moment and seeks to inspire kindred spirits through his award winning photography and musings about his journey afield. While a native Texan, he has circumnavigated the globe; dozens of times over.

    His passport contains over one hundred stamps and speaks to his journey exploring the planet and living life in the moment; where the Gift of life occurs. Dreams of diving the Great Barrier Reef, star gazing under the darkest skies on the planet, discovering Mayan Cenotes, hiking the Great Wall, searching for Shangri-La, ancient alters, and experiencing the natural wonders of the world became reality one expedition at a time. The quest for tribal knowledge and the thrill of the chase fuel his desires. Moments are captured and shared through imagery and musings; inspiring others to live their dreams.

    He honed his craft into art while photographing the most beautiful women in the world while working in fashion and also as a member of the media shooting sports assignments. He’s accomplished shooting glamour, aviation, equestrian, sports, astrophotography, underwater, nature, and weddings. His passion comes to life through imagery and musings that focus on capturing his journey afield where he’s noted for stunning art renderings while musing about the spiritual aspects of the journey.


Candid moments that reflect the Gift of life; a random collection of beauty queens, music legends, cowboys, flyboys, moms, and kids that I’ve crossed paths with along the journey…

Candice Crawford, Missouri

Geryl Mortensen © 2010 – All Rights Reserved

Painted Bunting

Over the years I’ve always enjoyed the beautiful images of Painted Buntings in my ancient field guide. Not more than a few moments after I mentioned to the Great Spirit that it would be a special treat to see one first hand, I was fortunate to have this male light on a fence at my refuge near Athens Texas.

Hopefully you’ll be so fortunate in your next nature walk; in the meantime you’re welcome to share in my blessing.

Painted Bunting

Geryl Mortensen © 2010 – All Rights Reserved

Pileated Woodpeckers

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers raised their brood high above the ground in a standing dead pine near Athens Texas. The adults made three large holes to access their nest. The dead pine they selected is approximately 43 years old and very much on its last leg with no remaining limbs and barely any lower bark left.  It’s surrounded by healthy pines of the same vintage.

Far too much standing dead timber has been cleared unnecessarily over the years. Along with many conservation minded Texas landowners we’re implementing a wildlife management plan at our private refuge with the goal of keeping the land as native as possible including leaving standing dead timber so that woodpeckers will have nesting refuge as they often prefer the tallest standing dead pines when selecting timber to build their nest.

The brood consisted of a male and female. On the first Saturday in May in 2010 they joined the adult female on the nearest limb and took wing for the first time abandoning their nest leaving it for another species to occupy.

Pileated Woodpeckers Nesting by Geryl Mortensen

Geryl Mortensen © 2010 – All Rights Reserved

A River Runs Through It…

As someone who greatly enjoys offering a fly to the aquatic species at my ancient fish & game club as well as trout streams along my journey, I’m hopeful that a little horse trading will bring me better luck as I chase elusive submerged creatures.  Since my pleasure comes from capturing images and offering flies on secluded water, I propose a swap; your favorite homemade fly for a digital image of your fly.

The work of artisans that craft their own flies, combined with news of personal best on a fly catches inspired me to make this offer.  While it’s been said many times not to let facts get in the way of a good fishing story, I’m hopeful that at least some of those personal best on a fly records that have been reported were actually caught on homemade flies instead of live bait drowned under a red & white bobber.

With that in mind, if your talent is tying flies instead of macro photography, send me your favorite fly and I’ll shoot it in my macro studio and return a digital image via email. Your masterpiece fly will be a welcomed addition to my growing collection. Below is an example of what you can expect in return.

Near Nuff Sculpin |Geryl Mortensen © 2008