At a very early age I recognized my love for the outdoors. It wasn’t long before I also developed a passion for photography, both of which I’ve been very lucky to have been able to combine with a very rewarding active duty, and civilian career with the US Army, and Department of Defense. After thirty years of finding myself among some of the most remote, most beautiful landscape, and wildlife the world has to offer, I returned to the area of my youth. I returned to finish my career at the Mountain Warfare Training Center, outside of Bridgeport California.
I am now looking forward to enjoying my retirement among the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains. I enjoy sharing my photos with others, and recounting the inevitable story that accompanies each one; almost as much as I enjoy snapping the actual shot. I always look forward to spending time with my fellow photographers, out on the range with the wild horses. We have an excellent community of photographers, and Wild Horse Advocates, all of which I’m very proud to be a part of.
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Born in Florida, raised in Southern California, retired from Verizon Communications, and now with my wife, have found our home in Carson Valley, Nevada.
My passion has always been wildlife and the outdoors, from viewing, to protecting, to capturing those shots that I envision in my head, and to share those photos for others to enjoy and learn from.For the past forty years I have played with photography, shooting family, military air shows, wildlife, and events, but for the past five years I have become very aware of the wildlife in Carson Valley.
Much of my wildlife exposure has been in Yellowstone National Park, working with Rangers, Biologist, Geologist, Naturalist, and Researchers over a thirty year period.
My main focus when shooting is safety and preservation of my subjects, many of which are eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons, which bring unique considerations for their well being.
I love all things “nature”, the “old west”, “long forgotten relics” and more recently my discovery of the "Pine Nut wild horses. I love being able to participate with the Pine Nut Advocates in protecting and photographing these amazing horses. Each band and their families have names and stories to be shared and preserved. I hope in some small way I can contribute to their continued freedom on the range.
I currently reside in Georgetown, California with my husband and our rescued 5yr old Mastiff/Rhodesian Ridgeback “Josie”. We also have a wonderful 22 acres of land in Silver Springs above Lake Lahontan Narrows, where we first discovered the wild horses in 2001. I immediately fell in love with them then and still enjoy photographing these amazing horses today.
I’m happiest when I have my camera in hand and lucky enough to be photographing a soaring eagle, catching a friend in action with their horses or out in the back country. You’ll see that many of my favorite photography locations are both in California and Nevada.
My goal is to preserve time in a photograph. To capture an image that will capture your attention and hearts.
My goal as a nature photographer is show you the beauty and magic of the natural world and what is waiting to be explored in our own backyards. My belief is we need not travel far but instead slow down and be present where we are to see and experience the magic of our natural world. My hope in viewing my photographs, you will be inspired to be present, explore and learn about the wild place around us and appreciate the beauty in the natural world which surrounds us in our everyday lives.
I almost always travel with my dog and I never leave home without my camera and hiking shoes. My favorite photographic subjects are what I discover each day as I explore my own backyard and you “see what the camera sees.” Most of my images are captured within 50 miles of my home in Carson City, Nevada.
I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoy taking them!
Like many advocates, I first became aware of wild horses due to the Cloud documentaries on PBS Nature. In 2010 I visited the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range for the first time, and have been hooked ever since. I had the amazing experience in 2013 to intern at The Cloud Foundation, gaining even more experience advocating for mustangs, and learning about photography from Ginger Kathrens. My travels since then have taken me to see mustangs in ND, WY, OR, and NV.
I first visited the Pine Nut ponies in spring 2017, and loved their endearing personalities. I strive to capture the bonds, and expressions of wildlife in my photos-the Pine Nut horses make it easy. I am from MN, but have been fortunate that my experience as an outdoor educator has taken me to many states to learn more about mustangs. My goal is to establish myself as a conservation photographer, and am appreciative of organizations like The Pine Nut Wild Horse Advocates for helping people understand the many aspects of managing public land.