About Us

Oak & Linden Photography was created by Vilnis Kalnins and Gwen McCrone. With an emphasis on wildlife, nature, and macro photography, this site serves as a venue for sharing with the world precious moments captured in the outdoors.


Vilnis' Latvian heritage instilled in him a reverence for the outdoors from an early age. Although raised in the city, he spent his childhood in the Ontario Muskoka's helping to build his family's cottage, a process which took roughly twenty years. Many of the photographs from this site feature the land and natural wonders that are found on the cottage property. 
His passion involves sharing with the world the many amazing things to be found in nature, that you will never see within the confines of a city. 
An avid adventurist and canoeist, Vilnis has spent time in the B.C backcountry, where he was lucky enough to encounter many types of wildlife and study the lush landscapes found in this part of the country. 

Gwen grew up on a small hobby farm in the Lake Simcoe region of Ontario. She is a licensed falconer, hunting small game with a red-tailed hawk and american kestrel. She is also a forestry/urban forestry/arboricultural technician.

Gwen found her passion for photography when she was 12 by accidentally taking macro shots of various plant and animal life. She focuses much of her energy on highlighting the hidden treasures of the forest through her style of photography.