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After retiring, Santa Rosa resident Tom Reynolds began photographing county's natural wonders as way to encourage conservation, support

  • Tom Reynolds a volunteer for Sonoma County Regional Parks, donates his photographs for the park websites of nature and wildlife, In 2012, Reynolds was a county volunteer of the yea, Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013r

Tom Reynolds has made his camera into a megaphone, capturing images of Sonoma County wildlife and parks and turning them into a call for community support and conservation.

He visits local parks almost daily and donates his finely composed photographs to adorn maps, mailers and websites that promote the destinations.

The volunteer work has made him a go-to shooter for park agencies, especially the county's Regional Parks Department, where Director Caryl Hart calls him "our unofficial official photographer."

His photographs have been a key part of the county's bid to boost local support for parks and increase their draw for tourists.

"He posts pictures almost every day. People see that and they want to visit those places," Hart said.

"He's our one-man marketing team," she said.

Reynolds' shots range from the expansive to the intimate. He's drawn as much to weather rolling in on the horizon and ancient oaks standing guard to the ruffled feathers of an owl banking in flight.

Many of his favorite shots involve avian action.

"I'm crazy for birds," he admitted.

Other creatures that have passed into his frame include bobcats, beavers, muskrats, river otters and foxes.


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