"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."  John Muir

Capturing a moment of magical light on the landscape is my favorite type of photography.  I love being outside at a beautiful location, spending time just seeing what is before me, searching for a photograph that will help me remember that moment.  There is always the obvious shot, the one that jumps out at you immediately.  But I often have the most fun when I seek out the not so obvious part of the scene that holds the secret to what makes a place special.  Exploring nature with my camera restores my spirit and calms my soul like nothing else.

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“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photographing wildlife is the exact opposite of the contemplative experience of landscape photography!  I bring all my senses into play when I am trying to capture the decisive second of action of a bird in flight!  It can be crazy cold, or almost unbearably hot--but I don't seem to mind because I'm totally in the moment.  

I want to share my love of wild animals with others and make them take notice of the incredible diversity and beauty that the world has to offer.  We love what we understand and we care for what we love!

 

"If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?"  T.S. Elliot

 

 

After a life long fear of water, I learned to swim and then scuba dive at age 50.  It was honestly one of the most challenging things I've ever done!  It was several years before I was able to take a camera down with me, but once I took my first underwater photograph, I was completely hooked!  I love to share my underwater photographs to show what few people will ever be able to witness.  On every dive, I find myself overwhelmed with the complexity and diversity of life under the surface of the ocean.  

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."You can journey to the ends of the earth in search of success, but if you're lucky, you will discover happiness in your own backyard."

                          Russell Conwell

When Covid began and all travel was cancelled, I felt trapped at home with little to do.  Spring of 2020 brought many migrating birds to my yard and I began to feed them as a way to have something beautiful to look at.  I soon realized I could photograph my little visitors and thus began my passion with backyard bird photography.  Perhaps one of the few positive thing to come out of our Covid year!  All photographs on this page were taken in my small backyard

in St. Louis County, MO

Blue and Gold in the Smokies

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."   Elliott Erwitt