was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, a corner of the
United States that sometime gets a bad name for too much rain.
When I was growing up, family vacations and road trips were always
to one of the great Northwest national parks, the Oregon coast
or camping at a high mountain lake in the lush green Cascades.
My dad was at the wheel of the station wagon, mom riding shotgun
smoking a Camel, and me and my six brothers in the back seats.
Everywhere we went was a magical adventure as we spent our days
excitedly exploring and discovering the wonders of nature.
My youthful excitement for exploring nature was nurtured and
kept alive throughout my teens and into my adult life by returning
to favorite places on hiking and backpacking trips and vacations
with my wife and children.
A camera became as standard a piece of equipment as the tent
or sleeping bag. As my interest and skills in photography grew,
I discovered that the process of making an image took me to another
level of exploration and appreciation of nature's stunning and
sometimes fleeting beauty.
It's often very difficult for me to describe the experience
or convey the feeling of what it's like to be standing in an
alpine wildflower meadow watching it explode with light and color
as the sun comes up. It's a symphony of light, sounds, feelings
and smells. The awakening birds, a gentle breeze, the smells
of the clean air and the glorious multi-colored landscape all
contribute to the performance.
With the camera, I try to capture a small portion of nature's
performance, the visual portion, the symphony of light.