Freedom and the Great American Road Trip

Freedom and the Great American Road Trip

Before flying off on my European adventure a couple of years ago, I sold most of my possessions, including my car. Well, all great adventures eventually come to an end, and when I returned home—halfway through autumn 2015—I had to find alternative forms of transportation until I could afford to buy another vehicle. I moved [...]


The Mystery Remains

If I open the door and step inside, all of the mystery will be over.   I'll know the darkness hides only a lawnmower, broken chairs, and discarded motor oil containers.  If I remain outside, I can continue to imagine more interesting possibilities: 50 year-old calendars of faded pin-up girls, stacks of dusty books, or maybe coins scattered across a work bench.  Forgotten things, not [...]

Urban Backdrops

While driving through my hometown with my youngest brother last week, I spotted a red wall glowing in the afternoon sun.    This turned out to be the perfect backdrop for several of his wedding photos.  (Nevermind it was on the side of a bar.)  We had been en route to a different location for his photos, [...]

Thoughts on Love

  Love is an explosion of life and beautiful expectation. Every second is quiet rapture.  The wrong person can elicit feelings of trepidation.  While it's good to take chances, not every threshold is meant to be crossed. There are some people I'll love my whole life, no matter how many years pass and no matter what rises and falls [...]

Living in the Pacific Northwest

As I walked away from breakfast yesterday morning, hot coffee cup warming my hands, camera bag on my back, and raindrops collecting on my eyelashes, I smiled.   To live happily in the Pacific Northwest, one must learn to accept the ever-present clouds and look for something beautiful to photograph on all of those gray days.  The quick [...]


SOLD.  It must be one of the best words in the English language.  SOLD means someone liked one of my framed photos enough to actually buy it.  SOLD means profit.   SOLD equals success.  When I pulled the card out of my jacket pocket this afternoon, I felt satisfied.   I may never get rich doing anything [...]