#WhyCV Photographer Spotlight: Kim Steed
“To most this is just a photograph of a Badger, but to me it’s one of the most memorable times of my life and something I will never forget.”
Each month in 2020 we shine a spotlight on a local photographer, and examine the beauty of the world through their eyes. This month we focus on Kim Steed, an award winning and published nature and wildlife photographer residing in Carson Valley, Nevada. This pint-sized photography powerhouse is as unassuming as she is talented. Her family means everything to her, as you will learn from one of her stories below.
When she’s not working full time, Kim is driving around taking photos of anything that catches her eye. She loves wildlife photography, and capturing photos of events including the Camel and Ostrich races, Flat Track motorcycle racing, wrestling events, and even portraiture for families, engagements and weddings. We asked Kim to tell us about some of her favorite shots, and boy did she deliver. Scroll down to get the behind the scenes scoop through Kim’s eyes.
Rewind to February 18, 2018. My mom and dad had to say goodbye to their beloved dog Sadie, a beautiful shepherd/hound mix they loved and was a member of our family for 13-years. She was my mom’s companion as my dad had worked in the Bay Area and came home on the weekends. They were heartbroken. Our family was suffering another devastating blow. My sister’s husband was battling a very rare form of cancer.
I was living in the Bay Area with my husband and our son. I would communicate with my family pretty much every day. My sister and I would look at dog rescue groups to see if we could find any dogs that would help my mom and dad fill that void and start to heal their hearts.
My sister called me one day in the middle of March and told me to look at a particular dog on Pet Finder. I looked her up and my jaw dropped. I knew this was the dog! She was a 4-month-old Shepherd/Bloodhound mix and her name was Sadie! She looked so much like the first Sadie it was crazy! And the same name…it was meant to be. I continued to read the description. She was located in North Carolina and it said LOCAL ADOPTION ONLY. My heart sank.
I sent an email and called and left a message for Caitlin with the Johnston County Animal Protection League. This was on a Friday and I waited by the phone all weekend, she HAD to make an exception, this was meant to be. I received a call early the following week. Caitlin could not believe the resemblance between Sadie 1 and Sadie 2. She had to be spayed still and they would not put her on a plane. I asked Caitlin, if we drove to North Carolina could we pick her up and adopt her. She said yes!
I don’t know if they really thought we would go through with this. How crazy does it sound that someone would drive from the West Coast to the East Coast to pick up a rescue puppy?!
I called my mom and said, ‘Pack your bags. We are going on a road trip to North Carolina to pick up Sadie!’ It was definitely a spur of the moment thing and I made arrangements to take a few days off that coincided with my spring break from work. I drove from San Jose to Minden on Friday. My 11-year-old niece said she wanted to go and we all thought it would be a great idea and a good distraction. My dad and husband helped us pack and on Sunday, three generations, my mom, myself and my niece embarked on one of the most memorable road trips of my life.
We had picked Sadie up and we were on our way back from North Carolina. We left Moab, Utah and were driving down the highway to Salt Lake City, when something caught my eye in the desert…It was something I had never seen before and I had to turn around to see what it was. I was driving slowly on the shoulder and we were all looking out into the desert when we saw it running the opposite way! It was a BADGER! I had never seen one in the wild before and I had to try to capture it with my camera. I pulled over and grabbed my camera and started running crouched down so it wouldn’t see me, down the highway. I think it was only a short distance but it felt like a mile! I raised my camera and took a photo. Once click and it looked up at me. I continued to take a series of photos and just like that it turned around and ran off into the desert hills. It was one of the most thrilling animals I have ever photographed and it never would have happened if it weren’t for taking a crazy road trip to North Carolina to pick up a rescue puppy.
We travelled across 18 states in 11 days covering 6,284 miles. We visited family, saw three National Parks, a National River, toured a Plantation and saw beautiful wildlife and landscapes along the way.
To most this is just a photograph of a Badger, but to me it’s one of the most memorable times of my life and something I will never forget.
Now you have to see her!
‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.’ -Maya Angelou
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