Water is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Because of its unpredictable nature, every photograph is different and the camera never sees the scene exactly the same way.
Consider water’s healing and soothing properties. These images are ideal to hang in your home if you are looking to create an environment that can relieve stress. Likewise, they have great value in lobbies and waiting rooms of medical facilities and hospitals.
Every time I revisit these photographs, I can still hear the rush of the water and feel the calm of each of these wonderful locations…
In my estimation, there is but one requirement needed for a landscape photograph to work: it must make the viewer feel like they are part of the scene. Sometimes a strong foreground can be the invitation to step into the image. Sometimes, the study of Nature’s details and colors can attract. Other times, Nature’s sounds and breezes can transport you to the scene. However you experience the image, may you find the peace and serenity I did as I captured each scene…
Soft focus images celebrating the graceful lines and vibrant colors.
Wildlife is one of the more challenging types of photography, especially for me. It requires a lot of patience and it requires a lot of respect. And by respect, I mean respect for the animal. It is tempting to walk closer for the better shot, but I rarely do. Animals are entitled to our respect.
I have been fortunate and have gotten a number of nice photographs of wildlife. However, sometimes, not so much. But I’m still better for it, because even a glimpse of a deer at a distance or just hearing but not seeing the songbird makes time in the field worthwhile.
There are few birds that rival the majesty and grace of the bald eagle. Because of where we live, I have the opportunity to photograph bald eagles during the Winter as they migrate southward along the Mississippi River and Illinois River byway in search of open waters in which to fish. All of the eagle images in this gallery have been captured near the communities of Alton and Grafton, Illinois, some near Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, Illinois, and others captured on bank of the Mississippi River in Clarksville, Missouri.
It’s a comforting place, the country, and there is always a transition once you leave the painted highway and begin driving on the unpainted one. Barns, horses, farm animals, wildflowers, fence lines… they can all be seen in the country. Plus, the folks who pass you driving always give you a wave. These images matter and bring that country feeling home.
Simple Life and Americana
The world moves fast, sometimes way too fast for me. As a society, we’ve lost touch with a simple life and a slower pace. To cure some of our ills, I think we need to re-connect with simplicity and end our obsession with consumption.
Contained in this gallery are images that I’ve captured at historical villages, small towns, flea markets ,and other places where forgotten treasures of the past still exist. I consider all of these subjects important and worthy of celebration. I believe they reflect simpler times.
Music is another one of my passions. Learning to play an instrument with any proficiency requires countless hours of practice and takes a long time to develop dexterity in the hands. Knowing firsthand how difficult it can to learn an instrument, it’s the hands of musicians that interests me the most.
Each and every lighthouse that dots America’s waterways should be considered a national treasure. I have a great interest in the maritime history surrounding lighthouses and also have a deep appreciation for the tireless and solitary lives led by lighthouse keepers. Countless lives have been saved by their efforts. Images of lighthouses located on the Great Lakes and Atlantic seaboard are contained within this gallery.
About the Portfolios
These categories represent the subjects I like to photograph the most. Nature is here, front and center, because her landscapes and rushing waters comfort me the most. Flowers and animals are personal favorites, too, because of their unique beauty, each species having its own. Rural scenics and simple treasures remind me of the life I wish to lead. And photographs dedicated to music speak to my other passion. Please spend some quality time here and enjoy the images. Questions? Comments? Please reach out.