Despite being born in Myrtle Beach, SC, Karen Maginnis
would gladly trade a day lounging on a warm, sunny beach for a chance
to stand in hip deep snow in Minnesota — to photograph owls.
She hasn’t always been passionate about her favorite class of raptors.
In fact, Karen grew up fearful of animals, dogs and cats included
Her husband (and camera-equipment toting “sherpa”) Scott,
introduced her to his beloved Yellowstone National Park and
sparked her desire to photograph wildlife. She has traveled
extensively; photographing lions and cheetahs in Kenya, grizzly
bears in Alaska and polar bears in Canada.
Her avocation of capturing images of owls began in 2000.
She has now photographed nearly every owl species in North America.
The most challenging owl to shoot: Flammulated Owl.
The most entertaining: a tie between Spotted Owls and
Karen’s day job has her based in Atlanta, GA where she is a
broadcast meteorologist for CNN, Headline News
and CNN International. Last summer she rode a horse for
the very first time-- while introducing her godchildren to her
beloved Yellowstone National Park.