Where are you from?
I was born in Colorado and lived there 33 years. Now my home is in beautiful Washington State, USA.
Why did you want to become a Photographer?
I grew up with a strong interest in art, music and nature. When I was 18, a friend introduced me to photography with a 35mm SLR camera during a winter hike up Pikes Peak in Colorado. I was amazed at the colors, clarity and sharpness of the photos he made during our hike. Within a week I purchased a used 35mm camera and took pictures of everything around me. One afternoon in late autumn I was hiking in the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado and happened upon a mule deer buck with a couple of does. I took pictures of the deer and their inter-actions with one another all afternoon until the sun went down. From that day on I was hooked on experiencing and photographing the everyday lives of wild animals. I cherish the time I spend in nature, and even now, almost thirty years later I still crave and spend as much time as possible outdoors in wild places photographing nature and wildlife.
Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
I like the soft light on the swans and the overall peaceful feel of the photo, certainly that curious youngster breaking the perfect formation to glance my direction adds to it’s appeal. But, what I really like about this image is the story behind it. I was witness to an exhilarating performance of trumpeter swan behavior that day on the Madison River in Yellowstone. Which included an intensely spirited offensive as a lone adult swan alighted on the river near the foraging family. The river exploded with action as the parent swans confronted the un-welcome intruder, several minutes later the ruffled trespasser escaped in a harried flight. Proceeding the incident, victorious melodies echoed through the river valley accompanied by a unique swan dance of waving wings and outstretched necks. Moments later, seemingly content all was well, the adolescent swans huddled tightly together upriver as their parents resumed feeding. The forested mountainside darkened the portion of river for which the swans rested. A brief and very special moment occurred as a bit of sunshine broke through the clouds enhancing the cygnets and their reflections.
Anything else you want to add?
I am especially grateful to be able to share my photographic experiences with anyone who loves and respects the wonders of nature as I do. I invite you visit my website for more unique photos of my experiences with nature.