When I was 22, in the US Air Force, I received orders to the DMZ of South Korea. At that time, my father-in-law was the area manager for Fox Photo in Corpus Christi, Texas. Knowing that I would have the opportunity to purchase photography equipment at a good price, I asked for his advice, and I purchased my first Nikon with assorted lenses in 1972. For the next 30 years, I took pictures of family, travel, and other events.
In 2004, I bought my first inexpensive digital camera before taking a cruise on the Baltic Sea. I soon realized how much I enjoyed each port we visited. In 2008, we went on a Cruise of the Mediterranean and I purchased a Nikon D300 before the trip. At this point, I knew that I was really hooked. The following year, we traveled to Alaska, and I fell in love with nature and wildlife photography. In 2012, while traveling to the Florida Keys, we stopped to visit a close friend, Mark Stull, who I met during my construction days. While photographing birds with Mark, he let me use one of his lenses (we both used the same Nikon equipment). That moment was a game changer for me. Once I was able to see the birds up close and personal, I felt the calling to learn, witness, and photograph the beauty of the landscapes and wildlife this world has to offer.
After returning home from Florida, I upgraded my equipment and started looking into local areas I could go to feed my nature and wildlife photography passion. While exploring the local area, I met another photographer, Gary Truchelut, who shares my photography passion. We met for the first time at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, and have developed a bond that led to trips to Florida, New Mexico, and several places in our home state of Texas. We both built out kayaks with trolling motors so we can explore rivers and streams in our area, allowing us to get a little closer to wildlife.
I absolutely love getting out with a camera and will be looking forward to my next trip to witness, photograph and share.
“Which of the photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”