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I have lived in Texas most of my life, growing up on the high plains of the panhandle and the blackland prairies of north Texas. I received my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye, at about the age of 10 after having shown an interest in my parents' old Target box camera. I recall that my first images were mainly of nature, close-ups of plants and animals and landscapes with rocks and trees as subjects. At the age of 14 or 15, my father bought me a more serious camera, a Petri rangefinder with fixed lens and a separate light meter. I took that off to boarding school and then to college, using it sporadically over the next few years.

But my photographic interests really took off when I purchased my first Nikon SLR around 1970, after being introduced to this new equipment in the course of my job as a biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. I eventually acquired several lenses, some filters, and a tripod and shot thousands of Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides over the next few years. Many of these were shot around the state of Texas, but increasingly they were taken throughout the Southwest, and even as far as Mexico and Alaska. In the 1980's I began to take a few photography classes and workshops, including two led by Boyd Norton, and one directed jointly by Philip Hyde and Elliot Porter. I even experimented with a 4x5 view camera and built my own darkroom.

In the mid 1980's, my wife and I began to travel internationally, beginning with dream trips to Africa and the Galapagos Islands. We followed those with trips to Asia (Nepal, China) and then back to Africa (Botswana, Morocco) and Central America (Costa Rica). My last film images were shot on a trip to Antarctica in 2003. After that time I acquired a series of Nikon digital cameras, culminating with a D300 that I use now. I believe the control and precision of shooting digitally and the processing in Photoshop gives the best potential for realizing the visual image experienced at the time of the shot. I continue to travel and photograph, striving to fulfill that potential with each photograph I take.