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Nature photography provides endless opportunity to learn about the variety of life on this planet. It gets me outside and moving around. I enjoy sharing the details and beauty of what I find through my photos.

I bought my first single lens reflex (SLR) camera in 1998. In 2003 I made the switch to digital. Digital photography opened up for me, as it did for others, more possibilities to explore fauna and flora, especially the small things. Magnifying small critters 10 or 20 times their actual sizes on a computer monitor and spending hours learning about them is almost as fun as finding the critters in the first place.

My photos have been taken with various Canon EOS cameras over the years. Currently my main camera is a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. These days I mostly use the following lenses: the Canon MP-E 65mm macro and 100mm macro lenses, the Venus Laowa 100mm F/2.8 2X Ultra Macro lens, and the Canon 24-105mm zoom. I've also used Canon's 180mm macro, 500mm, and 100-400mm lenses. I currently use the MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite flash, and sometimes Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes. I have an assortment of tripods, but for macro photography I mostly use my elbows.

I spend the rest of my time working as a database and applications programmer for the University of California Berkeley Natural History Museums.

Selected photography credits:


Kip Will, Joyce Gross, Daniel Rubinoff, Jerry A. Powell. 2020. Field Guide to California Insects (Second Edition). University of California Press, Berkeley.

Ronald A. Russo. 2021. Plant Galls of the Western United States. Princton University Press.

Arthur V. Evans. 2021. Beetles of Western North America. Princeton University Press.

Merrill A. Peterson. 2018. Pacific Northwest Insects. Seattle Audubon Society.

Eric R. Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2007. Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Bay Nature; California Coast and Ocean; California Wild; Coleopterist's Bulletin; Defenders; Herpetomania; National Wildlife; Seattle Magazine; Science; The Coleopterist; Western Birds


KQED TV; Stern TV (Germany); Earth and Sky Radio (web)
American Museum of Natural History; California Academy of Sciences; Cornell Lab of Ornithology; National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; New England Aquarium; San Francisco International Airport; The Field Museum of Chicago
Arizona State Parks; Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge; East Bay Regional Park District; National Park Service, Alaska Region; Nevada State Parks; Sonoma County Regional Parks
Center for Biological Diversity; Environmental Defense; Save The Bay





all photos and text © Joyce Gross