MacNeil Lyons Images has been just a thought for many years that has now come to life....

MacNeil Burton Lyons was raised with an early love and appreciation for the natural world.  With a
nickname like "bird", given to him by his parents, he has always had a bird's eye for detail.  Growing
up in the wide open spaces of Virginia, Colorado, Maryland's Eastern Shore and more recently the
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, MacNeil finds the time to photograph - filtering through his own lens
- images of our natural surroundings.

MacNeil has previously worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretive Park Ranger beginning
in 1996.  These positions have taken him from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina & Virginia to
Point Reyes National Seashore & the Marin Headlands in California.  MacNeil has also travelled
extensively outside the United States, through many regions - Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ireland,
Scotland, England, Wales, and Poland.

MacNeil first became interested in photography during high school.  Currently, his book shelves are
filled with countless photo albums that archive his travels across our diverse country and locations
around the world as well as the amazing people he met along the way.  During his tenure at West
Virginia University (1994 - 1997), MacNeil graduated with a Bachelor of Science in
Recreation and
Parks Management, with an emphasis in Natural Resources
.  When not focused on degree-specific
courses, MacNeil found time to take a course called Introduction to Photography.  It was in this class
during his senior year, that he became immersed in the possibilities of what could be done with a
camera.  Completing the process from the camera through the film development and mounting stages,
he found a new appreciation for what it means to be a photographer.

MacNeil entered into the digital photography world a few years ago, which has saved him a great deal
of space on the book shelves, but not on the computer's hard drive.... After years of archiving images,
it is now time to share some of these images with you.

Many of these images were taken with either a Canon EOS 20D or 50D camera. Depending on the
picture, a 18-55mm, 18-200mm lens or 100-400mm Canon lens helped achieve the pictures that you

MacNeil lives with his wife Lucy, daughter Kaia and their black lab/golden retriever mix Sadie, on the
northern edge of Yellowstone National Park, in Gardiner, Montana. As a contract guide, MacNeil
primarily works for  
The Wild Side, LLC.  MacNeil can be found walking the trails and thermal basin
boardwalks, educating visitors about Yellowstone's dynamic natural and cultural resources. If you are
interested in a personal guided tour of our First National Park, please do not hesitate to
contact him!
Or click this link for more specific information about
personal guided trips.

A personal note from MacNeil:

I trust that you will enjoy seeing the world through my lens.

"May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view,
where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits
for you."        - Edward Abbey

All the best, keep checking this website for updates as the seasons and years continue....  


MacNeil Lyons
Naturalist, Writer & Photographer
MacNeil Lyons Biography...
MacNeil Lyons
Rattlesnake Butte,
Yellowstone Nat'l Park, Wyoming
September 2007
Photo Credit: Rebecca Kreklau
MacNeil Lyons - Photo Credit: Eric Binsel
Visiting with the Great Gray Owl
Yellowstone NP, October 2007
Photo Credit: Eric Binsel
MacNeil w/ Screech Owl - Photo Credit Ken Lyons
MacNeil with Eastern Screech Owl
Wildfowl Trust of North America,
Grasonville, Maryland's Eastern Shore
Photo Credit: Ken Lyons, 1999
MacNeil on Perscribed Fire - MacNeil Lyons Images
MacNeil working on a
Prescribed Fire, near Point
Reyes National Seashore
Marin County, California 1998
Photo Credit: Crew Member
Fly Fishing w Dad - Photo Credit Sara Lyons
Fly Fishing with Dad
Kill Devil Hills / Nags Head - North Carolina
Thanksgiving 1976
Photo Credit: Sara Lyons
Bouldering in Ring Mtns - Copyright MacNeil Lyons Images
Bouldering in the Ring Mountains
Marin County, California - 1998
MacNeil w Coopers Hawk - Photo Credit Ken Lyons
MacNeil with Coopers Hawk
Wildfowl Trust of North America,
Grasonville, Maryland's Eastern Shore
Photo Credit: Ken Lyons, 1999
MacNeil Lyons - Photo Credit: Ariana Mindelzun
MacNeil presenting a PowerPoint during
Roosevelt Rendezvous, a Yellowstone
Association, Lodging & Learning Program.
Photo Credit: Ariana Mindelzun, 2008
Trail Crk Road - MacNeil Lyons Images
MacNeil shares a moment with his dog Sadie on one of his
favorite dirt roads...
Photo Credit: Lucy Regulska-Lyons
Contact Information
If you have any inquiries/comments/feedback/ or are
interested in a personal
guided tour of Yellowstone - please
MacNeil with
his daughter Kaia (14 mo.)
August 2013
Photo Credit: Lucy Regulska-Lyons