Don Mercer - Rustic 41 Creations







Don Mercer

Don Mercer - Rustic 41 Creations

"Wildlife photography is the ultimate catch and release!"


Don Mercer
Photographer * Aviator:
FAC * Fighter Pilot
Businessman * Author

"Don't only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets,
For it and knowledge can raise men to the divine."

Ludwig van Beethoven

Capturing images of animals in their native habitat has given me my passion and vision for photography. I also derive immense satisfaction from my study of landscape photography. I want to give my audience an appreciation for all God's bounty that surrounds us, nature's animals, beautiful landscapes the world over, and the occasional man-made endeavor that warrants our attention.

Studying the habits of animals has been key to shooting quality images. Some of my most exciting experiences occur when the unpredictable unfolds in my viewfinder. It is thrilling when I press the shutter release to obtain that truly remarkable image, such as American bison loping toward me with my only exit strategy: "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" - as the title of that image indicates!

I draw from my dad's saying, "When you're green, you grow; and when you're ripe, you rot." His message to me was to continue seeking knowledge throughout my life. As but one example, learning how every change of light affects an image is challenging, and it is the essence and source of excellent photography.

Advances in photography have been significant. Thus, new techniques and processes provide me with a platform for a lifetime of learning. With that, my "to shoot list" is long.

Beautiful images abound: the Golden Gate Bridge partially enshrouded in fog; the magnificence of the Tetons in Wyoming; or a lonely floral arrangement left at The Wall in Washington, DC, to convey remembrance of a loved one and to "Honor America's Fallen," the title of one of my galleries.

I have taken hundreds of thousands of images over more than four decades. However, I am discerning with those images selected for my art that is available through Fine Art America.

My wish is for these images to inspire and to touch your soul. I am optimistic that they will strike a chord, stirring your own efforts to better preserve our environment and respect wildlife, to seek beauty, and to honor our heroes - American men and women who take risks in order that we may all live to better enjoy another day.

My passion for photography is without parallel. During my travels, I have met wonderful people and fellow photographers, as with Larry Jordan and Phil Perry, two of the most technically astute and artistically talented photographers whom I have ever met, to name but two. One of my most enjoyable breakfasts, which I have ever had, was with Brent and Sue Knight, who cooked from their tailgate and invited me to join them at Sunrise Point one early morning when shooting in Mt. Rainier National Park. I have been most fortunate to meet such wonderful people and to see much of our world with my camera in hand to capture treasured moments in time!

Welcome to my website, and I hope that you enjoy my art!

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
But by the moments that take our breath away."

Author Unknown

Note: My thanks to my family and to Noel Wayne Baker, Rustic 22 - a former Air Force pilot with whom I flew during the War in Southeast Asia, known to most as the Vietnam War - and to his wife, Leslie, for their capable assistance in editing my "Artist's Statement." I am rich by anyone's standards in having such wonderful friends!


Gladiolus Bloom by Don Mercer


Fraternal Twins by Don Mercer


Beauty in the Garden #3 by Don Mercer


Beauty in the Garden #2 by Don Mercer


Beauty in the Garden #1 by Don Mercer


Maritime History #2 by Don Mercer


Aquatic Gold by Don Mercer


Tropical Beauty by Don Mercer


An Orchid's Pearl by Don Mercer


Teeth, Eyes, and Spots by Don Mercer


Mr. and Mrs. Hooded Mergansers by Don Mercer


A Great Blue Launching by Don Mercer


Patience and Proximity by Don Mercer


Cheetah on a Walkabout by Don Mercer


Jackson Memorial Hall by Don Mercer


Sentinel at the Gate by Don Mercer


A Spartan Environment - The Barracks at V M I by Don Mercer


Goshen Pass in Late Fall #2 by Don Mercer


Goshen Pass in Late Fall by Don Mercer


The Mighty Sea Eagle by Don Mercer


A Great Blue in the Mirror by Don Mercer


Race Rocks Light #1 by Don Mercer


The Eiffel Tower Aglow by Don Mercer


Belly Rub Rock by Don Mercer


Floral Bouquet by Don Mercer


Autumn's Tunnel by Don Mercer


Completing Preflight by Don Mercer


Convicted Horses by Don Mercer


Mount Rainier from Seattle Harbor by Don Mercer


Mount Rainier from Reflection Lakes by Don Mercer


Mount Rainier from Puget Sound by Don Mercer


Clematis by Don Mercer


USS Wisconsin by Don Mercer


Poised for Breakfast by Don Mercer


Courtship on the Lake by Don Mercer


A Capitol Reflection by Don Mercer


Serenity at Our Capitol ... An Isolated Event by Don Mercer


Street Scene at the Capitol by Don Mercer


Decked Out for Christmas by Don Mercer


Shivering Falls by Don Mercer


Blue Ridge Homestead by Don Mercer


Guarding the Gate by Don Mercer


Rats Practice for the Christmas Parade by Don Mercer


God's Rays in God's Country by Don Mercer


A Passing Storm by Don Mercer


Lower Helipad at the Bar 10 Ranch by Don Mercer


Splendor in the Grand Canyon by Don Mercer


Done for the Day by Don Mercer