Tom Hansen here, owner of Rustic Road Gallery, Nature Photographer and Wisconsin Master Naturalist. My photography studio is named Cooper Hansen Nature Photography in memory of my mother who's maiden name was Cooper.
I grew up along the Mississippi River and fished / hunted both the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers extensively as a kid. In the early 1960’s I began chasing Muskies with my dad most every weekend from Hayward, Wisconsin to Ontario, Canada. Hunting, fishing and camping have always been a major part of my life. I still enjoy camping and sharing experiences around a campfire, getting out on the water with family and friends to “wet a line”, but in 2019 I traded my hunting gear for camera gear.
My interest in photography goes back to the early 1970’s when I took a couple of photography classes. I never took the time to pursue that interest until reaching retirement age when I purchased a good mirrorless camera with several “pro-quality” lenses. I now use my decades of outdoor experience to put myself in a position to capture special images of wildlife. The year-around season for photographing nature has increased both my interest and appreciation for the non-game species.
I very much enjoy sharing my nature photography with others, particularly my kids and grandkids. I hope that my work will help to increase a broader appreciation for the natural world and that it will help to encourage conservation practices that PROTECT WILD PLACES!