A Little About Me

Photo compliments of my Mom and Dad

Photo compliments of my Mom and Dad

Photo compliments of  Frederick Van Johnson

Photo compliments of Frederick Van Johnson

I was visited by an American Robin when I was four years old. That experience may have set the course for my life.

One Saturday morning, while waiting to go with my Dad to get free sand for our sandbox, I sat in the back of our family station wagon parked in the driveway. The robin flew in, landed on the tailgate, and curiously looked at me. The bird then hopped up on my lower leg and continued its way up until it reached my small hands, where the robin settled in comfortably. A few minutes later my Dad came out and saw his four year old son holding this wild bird and went back in for Mom and the camera. After 10 minutes or so the bird was ready to go, but it left a lifetime of impression on me.

Eventually, I grew up and earned my B.S. in Ecology at the University of Illinois, taught environmental education for nine years in Texas and Michigan, earned my Masters degree in Secondary Education, and taught middle school science and math in the classroom for 8 years in Arizona. Starting out as an avid birder in the USA, I have been to 47 states and explored many great places in our country. I have seen 665 species of birds in North America. While I truly enjoy birding, I have evolved into more of a bird photographer and find that I witness and learn more by watching birds through my lens. Combining my teaching skills as a professional educator and my passion for bird photography, I am following my dream to be a full-time professional photographer and photography instructor.

I hope my images are messages from the natural world, encouraging you to get out there and explore, and to celebrate and protect this amazing planet we call home.

Thank you for stopping by to visit my website. If you would like to see my most recent adventures, be sure to visit the blog. If you are interested in joining me on a photo adventure, please visit my Photo Tours page and feel free to contact me any time.

See you out there,