Coast & Cactus Photography | About

Born and raised in South Texas, I am a product of a large family whose members have for generations known, lived and loved all that is good about the rich, natural expanse known as South Texas. My ancestors and family include men and women who were or are engaged in cattle ranching, farming, hunting, fishing, archaeology, geology, wildlife and range management, and conservation.

Critical to success in these pursuits is an interactive and cooperative relationship with land and water, which for me began in childhood. From my first recollection forward, I knew that a big part of my life would always be a connection with nature, fostered during frequent and extended family trips to ranch land in Webb County, and to the Texas coast.

Spending so much time in the country and on the coast, closely observing all the indigenous species populating those areas, has well equipped me to follow a new passion - photography. Capturing images of nature is a logical extension of my affinity for the creatures of South Texas; taking and sharing photographs of them has enabled me to learn and teach. I became serious about photography in the Spring of 2011; at that time, I attained a new awareness of the world around me that is full of beauty and perhaps even the miraculous, and all I had to do to receive this blessing was to open my eyes.

Since then, I've become keenly aware of the details. With a camera in my hand, I emerge into the light of each day believing that anything is possible. If by way of this calling, I help others become more sensitive to the world around them, I will have fulfilled my mission.

Cissy Beasley
Rockport, TX


North American Nature Photography Association

Professional Photographers of America

Real Estate Photographers of America & International

Nikon Professional Services

Coastal Conservation Association

Texas Wildlife Association

Texas Land & Mineral Owners Association

Advisory Board, Flatsworthy 


Top 5 Finalist, Wildlife in Focus Photo Contest, 2013, 2015, 2017

Top 120 & Top 250 finisher, NANPA 2015 Showcase Competition

Contributing Photographer:

Peterson's Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America app

Kentucky Dept. of Fish & Game

Texas Bird Image Archive of the Texas Ornithological Society

Coastal Bend College Annual South Texas Calendar


Rockport Center For the Arts "Gulf Coast" Exhibit, 2014

Rockport Center For the Arts "Art Festival", 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018; Best in Category award winner, 2018


Nikon D5

Nikon D500

Nikon D810

Nikon D850

Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Portrait Lens

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Normal Lens

Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

Nikkor 200mm f/4 Macro Lens

Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 VRII Telephoto

Nikkor 500mm f/4 VR FL Long Telephoto

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII Zoom Telephoto

Nikkor 16-35 f/4 VR Wide Angle Zoom

Nikon TC-14E II Teleconverter

Nikon TC-17E II Teleconverters (2)

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight Flash

Metz Mecablitz Macro Flash

B&W and Hoya Filters

Manfrotto & Gobu camera support system