Cliff Zenor is a nature and garden photographer, tour leader and workshop teacher. For more than 30 years, he has photographed, toured and taught in parks and preserves across the continental US and in other wild places like Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Pantanal Brazilian wetlands, Alaska and Canada.
His photographs have appeared in magazines including Outdoor Photographer, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Chicago Wilderness, Midwest Living and This Old House; and in newspapers, advertisements, picture books, textbooks, children’s books and greeting cards.
Cliff has led tours and taught workshops for highly-regarded providers including Great American Photography Workshops, Voyagers International, Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris, Maine Media Workshops, The Ansel Adams Gallery, American Nature Photography Workshops, Visionary Wild and Rod Barbee Photo Workshops. As a principle leader for one group, he wrote a handbook of photographic field techniques for workshop clients.
He has presented programs to the North American Nature Photography Association, the Professional Photographers of America, the Indiana Master Naturalists and the Notre Dame University School of Architecture. He has appeared in segments of Public Television shows about exploring and photographing nature. And his limited-edition photographic prints have been viewed in galleries, private collections and public exhibitions.
From his background in horticulture and adult education, Cliff’s first ventures into publication were for gardening magazines and books, including Indoor Gardening for which he was the principal photographer. Since then, he has focused on wilder life and was a participant in several book projects including Nature of America and Daybreak 2000.
His current work includes photo projects on the Eastern deciduous forests, the tallgrass prairies, Midwestern wetlands, gardening and historic architecture for books, periodicals and newspapers.
Cliff is a natural, enthusiastic teacher. And he enjoys exploring the wild and not-so-wild world with like-minded photographers. He and his wife, Mary, live in northern Indiana in a historic house that they are slowly and lovingly restoring.
Here's a segment from a PBS TV program with Cliff and the host,
Evie Kirkwood, who was the director of county parks in northern Indiana.
Click on the link below to view:
Outdoor Elements: Explore the Outdoors
Fast forward to the third segment at 16:37 min
Here's segment about photo workshops from another PBS program.
Experience Michiana: Oregon Coast Photo Workshop
And here's a Chicago Tribune story from Cliff's halcyon days in horticulture when community gardens, urban horticulture and horticultural education were his profession and his passion:
Gardens of Eatin': Community Plots Give Vegetable Lovers Room to Grow