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Rick Spitzer


Rick is a Colorado native and grew up in Greeley, Colorado. He completed a BS degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at the University of Northern Colorado. He taught various science courses in grades 7 through 9 and later taught high school biology and photography. Rick worked 22 years as a director of technology in two school districts and retired in 2006 with 34 years in education.

His all-time favorite job was 15 summers as a Seasonal Supervisory Park Ranger Naturalist in Rocky Mountain National Park. During his park service summers he sold prints through many gift shops in Grand Lake and Estes Park. He self-published “Focus on Photography: A Simple Guide to Better Pictures” and after retirement published a coffee table book titled “Colorado Mountain Passes: The States Most Accessible High Country Roadways.”

Landscapes are among his many subjects, but his photographic passion is wildlife photography. Rick’s camera has captured most of Colorado’s wildlife in all the life zones of the state. His images have appeared in the Vail Daily and other newspapers, Colorado Outdoors, The National Geographic web site, Walking Mountains publications, and a number of local magazines and other publications.

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