Highly Honored in the Wildlife category of 2015 Windland Smith Rice International Photography Awards exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC

When I take a photo, I hope to capture an image that will make you want to visit the place yourself.  Thereby inspiring you to create your own experiences there and protect it for the future.

130705-192453+_MG_5336-cs6-small-bar-3 July, 2013 in the Alabama Hills

“The difference between the almost right word & the right word is really a large matter–it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

– Mark Twain

If a message is not carefully crafted and properly presented, it is not likely to be interpreted accurately.  This philosophy applies to both words and imaging.  The “almost right” word or photo may be nice, but lacking the power to communicate a profound message, and like the flash of a lightning bug’s abdomen, the “almost right” silently fades away from world.  While the “right” word/photo, like lightning, marks itself on the land, transforms night into day, and exits with a thunderous clap, even if just for a moment. These experiences, while rare, are what I strive to find.

Fortune favours the bold.


Be adventurous, push yourself to beyond what is comfortable. Travel often and travel simple.  Climb higher to get a different perspective. Be willing to use (risk) your gear in an effort to capture something special. Share your results and experiences with others.

A  transplanted Marylander, now living in Silicon Valley.  By day, I am an electrical engineer in the telecommunications/mobile security industry working for Giesecke & Devrient as a technical project manager… and a wildlife, landscape, and nature photographer whenever else it is possible.

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