I was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. At the age of 7, my family moved to Florida. There I developed a love of the outdoors and nature. National Geographic was my favorite reading material. It was not until I was an adult that I was able to travel and in turn develop my passion for trying to capture nature at its best through the camera lens. I graduated from the Florida State University School of Nursing in 1981. During college I learned to fly and flew my own airplane to places like The Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks, and all the way up to Alaska. I have since traveled to Antarctica, South Georgia and The Falkland Islands, and three times to Africa with National Geographic photographer Wolfgang Kaehler and BBC wildlife photographer Jonathan Scott. Along with their wonderful instruction, they gave me great inspiration. Since then I have traveled all over the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Australia and New Zealand and the Pantanal of Brazil.
During the early years I started off with the simple Nikon film cameras and a few lens. Since then I have acquired more specialty lens and pro camera bodies, keeping with Nikon. In 2004 I converted to all digital. My equipment now is the Nikon Z9, D850 and D500 camera bodies, Nikon 500mm f/4E, FL, ED, VR lens, Nikon 300 f/4E, PF, VR lens, Nikon 70-200G f/4, VR lens, Nikon AF-S 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens. My tripods are a Feisol CT-3371 and CT-3442 with a full Wimberley gimbal head. I also have a Uniqball head for landscape work and travel.
Still based in Florida, I spend as much time as possible exploring my world, conducting photography workshops both locally and abroad. A gentle reminder, all images are copyrighted by Nancy Elwood and Naturesportal and cannot be used without permission!