“From the beginning of my veterinary career, with opportunities such as Krueger National Park and contests such as Coastal Bend and Valley Land Fund, my photography begins and ends with the support of conservation for our land and wildlife.” ~ David T. Bechtol, D.V.M.
David T. Bechtol, D.V.M. is graduate of Texas A & M University, College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas. His interest in photography started in his veterinary career when he started using images to describe cattle diseases. These images have been published into teaching manuals and used for educating veterinary students and veterinarians interested in feed lot medicine and general agriculture. (www.paloduro-consulting.com)
In 1985 David had the opportunity to travel to Krueger National Park, South Africa as a consultant to vaccinate Roan Antelope for the prevention of anthrax from a helicopter. An experience he says he will never forget. After spending eighteen days in Krueger, he says became “hooked” on conservation and wildlife/nature photography.
David currently specialize in wildlife/nature photography including scenic and landscapes of the southwest USA and several foreign countries. David and his wife of many years, Mary, who is also a successful painter, just recently returned from a plein-air workshop in sourthern China. (http://www.marybechtol.com/) Mary has her work displayed at Studio 88-Galleries at Sunset Center, Amarillo, Texas and David has his displayed at Studio 83H.
David and Mary have participated in all of the Coastal Bend Photography Contest, Corpus Christi, Texas with the first contest in 2001 and the most recent one in 2009. They have had images accepted each year.