Roddy Scheer is a journalist and photographer specializing in environmental issues, the outdoors and travel.
His latest book Oregon and Washington’s Roadside Ecology: 33 Easy Walks Through the Region’s Amazing Natural Areas came out in March 2022. Meanwhile Roddy is researching and writing another forthcoming title on Yellowstone National Park for Timber Press’ “Roadside Ecology” series — look for that sometime in 2023.
In May 2019, Falcon Press published the second edition of Roddy’s Hiking Waterfalls Washington: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes as part of a series of state-by-state waterfall hiking guidebooks. Roddy hiked to more than 70 waterfalls from the Pacific coast to the Idaho border. It was truly a labor of love. If you live in or are visiting Washington State, you should own a copy. Roddy also revised another guidebook, Hiking Southern California, also from Falcon Press.
Meanwhile, Roddy’s fine art prints, which are for sale directly via this website, have been featured in two solo exhibitions. “Mt. St. Helens: 25 Years Later” ran for two years at the Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The exhibit featured photos he took of the recently re-awakened volcano in southwest Washington. Several of these shots and others appeared in KC Publications’ In Pictures book, Mount St. Helens: The Continuing Story.
His 2004 exhibit “A Day in the Life of Butter Island,” which featured images taken over a 24 hour period spent on one of Penobscot Bay’s most beautiful wild islands, sold out in one day. Additionally, his work is on display in a variety of corporate and retail locations around Seattle. He is represented in Maine by Gallery B in Castine, Maine.
When he is not out in the field taking pictures, Roddy runs EarthTalk, the non-profit publisher of the syndicated EarthTalk Q&A column and the EarthTalk.org and Emagazine.com websites. The organization’s weekly environmental Q&A’s reach some 6 million readers via a syndication network numbering more than 600 media outlets across the U.S. and Canada. A collection of Earth Action Network’s “Earth Talk” answers was published in book form (EarthTalk: Expert Answers to Everyday Questions About the Environment) by Plume in 2009.
He has served as a regular contributor at magazines including E-The Environmental Magazine, Seattle Magazine, Northwest Travel, American Photo, PhotoMedia, Wildflower and others — and is a three-time Society of Professional Journalists “Excellence in Journalism” Winner.