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The Wildlife of Wonderful West Virginia: Cynthia Staley Bio

These photos by Cynthia Staley feature some of the most beautiful creatures the Mountain State has to offer.

Artist Biography

For more than 20 years, Cindi Staley has enjoyed photographing God’s creation … landscapes, flowers (macro), wildlife, and especially West Virginia scenery, animals, and points of interest. She has photographed Civil War reenactments and added historical photography effects to the images.

Cindi served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps (208th and 463rd MP Companies), after graduating with a bachelor of social work degree from West Virginia University. She has worked in the fields of security and corrections and social work. She also worked as the campus photographer at Fairmont State University from 2012 to 2017.

She was fortunate, several years ago, to meet Arnout Hyde, Jr., a great West Virginia professional photographer at a Civil War reenactment where she was photographing “battle” scenes. He encouraged and inspired her to pursue her love of photography which led to the publication of one of her pictures in Wonderful West Virginia Magazine. One of her Cindi's Civil War reenactment images was chosen for a display at Independence Hall in Wheeling, WV.  It is enlarged to 8ft. x 10ft. as part of a Civil War "interactive history" display.

After her retirement, Cindi continues to photograph the wildlife and scenery of West Virginia and other places she visits. She loves
visiting National Wildlife Refuges and local Wildlife Management Areas to photograph wildlife."  Her photographs are also available for purchase at the Valley Falls State Park and Prickett’s Fort State Park gift shops.

After being diagnosed with Glaucoma a few years ago, Cindi feels truly blessed that she has her vision to continue the photographic exploration of this wonderful and diverse world in which we live. She can only share, through her photography, what God has provided in His creation. Cindi believes He has blessed her with a wonderful and awe-inspiring way to enjoy the rest of her time on this earth.