Lana Hays

I grew up on a farm in Central Ohio and quickly developed a fascination for nature. I graduated from college in Kentucky and completed a biology teaching certification from Xavier University in Cincinnati. I recently retired after teaching High School Biology for 42 years.

An interest in photography started during my first few years as a teacher. My first camera was a Minolta SRT201 that I used to photograph anything that could be used to enhance my teaching. After taking a graduate field class in Marine Biology, I learned the value of fieldwork and the importance of sharing my experiences through slide presentations in the classroom.

Over the years I expanded my photography to include sporting events, activities at school, and later my twins as they grew up.   For ten years I studied molecular biology through fellowships and workshops during the summers.   When I retired (for 12 days) from public school and took a teaching job at a private Catholic high school, I was asked if I could develop a Nature Trail at the school.  After winning the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship to accomplish the goal I realized how much I had missed the outdoors during the previous years.   I began studying ecology and developed an interest in birds.  Soon my photographic interest expanded beyond sporting, school, and family events.  I switched to digital when birds became my primary subject.

Today I shoot in the tri-state (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky), as well as travel to such places as Florida, Alaska, New Mexico, Michigan, New Jersey, Newfoundland and Iceland in search of birds, wildlife, and landscapes.