My name is Tina Nauman and, beginning in 2016, my cat and I became full-time wanderers. Our home is a Casita Camper with a living space of 6' x 10'. With my camera, kayak, bike and hiking boots I am seeing where the seasons, the birds and good paddling waters lead me. My hopes are that, through my photos, others will learn to "see" the beautiful natural world that surrounds us all.
This spring and summer, my emphasis is recording nesting information for a pair of Peregrine Falcons who, if their eggs hatch and the young fledge, will be the first recorded nest on a natural cliff in the history of Kentucky. I am honored to be the person who discovered this nest! I am working with KY Fish and Wildlife on this project and also photographing and reporting nesting information on several Bald Eagle and Osprey nests in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky. Once all the young fledge my cat and I will hit the road again to see what we can find.
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent my childhood befriending birds and animals, enjoying winter outdoor activities, climbing trees, hiking through woods and wading in creeks. My teenage years were spent along the shores of Lake Michigan in Mequon, Wisconsin where I loved training and showing Morgan horses. That early exposure to nature carries through to my current love of sailing, kayaking, hiking, birding, and nature photography.
I attended college at Iowa State University and lived most of my adult life in Dubuque, Iowa working as part of a family business with a retail and commercial nursery, ski shop, waterslide, and miniature golf course. In 1991 I became a Montessori teacher that led to the creation of a Christian Montessori preschool program at my church. My favorite times in Dubuque were spent sharing the wonders of the world with my daughter.
When I left Dubuque, I spent a couple years in Columbia, South Carolina and East Lansing, Michigan where I accepted positions as Interim Head of School for two Montessori schools. I retired to Lexington KY in 2012 to be near family. Now, I'm a full time wanderer and photographer.