I am fascinated by the wild plants and animals that share this planet with us.
I use a camera to record what I see while exploring the world around me, hopefully from a perspective that is both diagnostic and interesting.
I love it when someone looks at one of my photographs sees some aspect of nature they have never seen before, even if the subject of the photograph is quite common.
I graduated from Central Dauphin East HS in 1968 and Shippensburg State College in 1972 with a BA in Biological Sciences.
I also studied graduate Ornithology at the University of VA.
I worked for the PA Dept Agriculture as a Microbiologist from 1973 to 2008 at the Summerdale Laboratory and later the PA Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg, PA.
I was primarily involved with rabies diagnostics but I was also the lab photographer, and my experiences with post-mortem photography were invaluable in learning good macro technique.
I am now retired and living on a small farm in Perry County, PA with my original wife from 1972 and assorted dogs, cats, horses, and motorcycles.
I started my photographic journey during the film era in the seventies using 35mm cameras and slide film.
But times change, and I have made the transition from film to digital photography.
I could be quite happy with a camera body and only two lenses – a 50mm macro and a fast 300mm telephoto. With the perspective of these two lenses I feel equipped to record images of nearly all the wildlife I am likely to encounter.
Now that I am retired, I spend much of my time just wandering about with a camera and a dog. Some days I get a photograph or two, while other days I just end up with a tired dog.
No matter, for me they’re all good days, and I’m confident the dog would agree.