The short of it: over-educated, unemployed, and annoying with a camera. Quite possibly a dangerous combination.
The long of it:
I've been snapping pictures for over a quarter-of-a-century on equipment ranging from a Pentax k1000 to Canon SX700hs - but nothing fancier. In fact, after they retired my Kodachrome 64 film, I hung up the 'real cameras' and settled for "digital pocket snappers." It seems ninety percent of the challenge to taking pictures is to remember your camera (would seem obvious, wouldn't it? But look around at the folks with large, fancy cameras - no wonder they claim the phone-based lens will be the death of real photography). So I do my part and pack it almost everywhere.
I was a latecomer to photography, though, so I had time to grow up in many different parts of the country with my formative stage in the South, but junior high and onward in the Pacific Northwest. The last set of initials after my name tacked on by the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine - making the 'highest degree attained' line of the survey read Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
I still live in the state of Washington with my lovely wife of over two decades who continues to be an invaluable accomplice. For any hazard I manage to avoid, our son does his best to ensure we'll see an early grave.
Having spent a little time teaching, I've grown to miss a captive audience to inflict my photography upon, so thank you Smashwords for providing me a forum for dispersing my imagery pain to be loosed upon the world.
Welcome to the end of the teens, and possibly the end of many "W" signs along the tracks throughout America. Every time I turn around, I see yet another "No Train Horns" sign. Thus, folks will forget the meaning of Long - Long - Short . Long - and soon register shock when they do hear a train sounding the classic warning series of blasts on approach to an at-grade rail crossing.
Resistance may be futile, but it doesn't mean I can't put the changing of the guard and progress of each year into handy pictorial collections to be enjoyed. Even if the mournful wail of the passing train in distant darkness is lost.
Each book is filled with trains, railcars / rolling stock, track side imagery, and all things railway that make railroads special to a select, and need I say gracefully above average intelligence and creative, group of people: rail fans.
Journey back in time to visit the rails and train activity of 2016 in various parts of the western United States. A visual collection of locomotive power, locations, and rolling stock in over 180 full color images accompanied by notes on date, location, and power ID.
Just when you thought it was safe to peek out your front door, because it's supposedly common knowledge *Nothing* is interesting at home or in your home town. Until an ignorant outsider comes to visit, taking pictures! (The nerve!) Pictures of the, unfortunately, anything but ordinary world just off the front porch.
(Produced in conjunction with Brooklyn Mayson)
A behind the scenes look at the world of train and travel books as seen by Bob. Not just any Bob, but the annoying one with a camera, willing to take aim and shoot anything and everything. An introduction in seeing the amazing world that exists just outside the door - if only one takes a moment to look and experience the grandeur lurking around every corner.
Three days, two nights, 48 restrooms, and no rain - a Not Another Travel Guide adventure to the southern and central portions of the Oregon Coast, from the California border and Brookings, with over-night stops in Gold Beach and Waldport, mixed with multiple piddle stops all up and down the south Oregon Coastal region.
Trains, planes, and automobiles: without the annoying last two. Railroad locomotives, railway right-of-way, and train scenes from 2017. Revisit our corner of America and share the rail highlights from the Pacific Northwest. (By default, we'll be a little heavy on BNSF pumpkin orange, but we do our best to include as much variation as possible.)
Rail fans, scale train modelers, cubicle convicts, and many modern walks of life can find an interesting railroad scene or train engine to enjoy in this sprawling tome covering our part of the rail world in the year 2018. Includes some rolling stock and other snippets of railroading as it was along Class I and smaller lines in-and-around the Pacific Northwest.
The Strip. Nothing says glitz, glamour, and excess like Las Vegas. You've seen it as it's always portrayed, but how about seeing it as it really is to the common man, woman, and Elvis? In nearly 200 photographs we take you on a visual journey to explore piles of casinos and hotels up-and-down the Vegas strip. Use as a travel guide or virtual vacation escape for the cubicle convict.
Haul butt down through Nevada from the north border town of Jackpot to Las Vegas, pausing when needed (or at least to pee), snapping photos all the way. Once in Vegas, see off-Strip delights, like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and palm trees. Then back north along Groom Lake to exit out Jackpot again. Over 180 images take you along this visual journey through the wonders that are NV.
Saddle up for a three-day, two-night, three-river excursion through some of the high points that make up north central Oregon: Bend, Brothers Oasis, Glass Butte, Maupin, Pendleton, Tumalo Falls, plus many others, along with all the rest rooms, rest areas, and public privies possible.
Ten sample pictures and passages from every book currently available by the illustrious Bob Campbell to help you fully appreciate what you're missing when you fail to add additional titles to your cart. (Special edition to meet A-Fruit iCorporation's requirements for publication. Intended for the iAudience only.)
Visit Astoria, Lincoln City, Newport along the North Oregon Coast and a stop in McMinnville taking several days to puddle along with us to water parks, nature trails, piers, restrooms, and, of course, time spent in the rain with yet another Not Another Travel Guide visual adventure.
Hey, y'all! Settle in and sit a spell while you enjoy your latest virtual vacation... to Gause, Texas. Crammed with over 200 images to give you the full flavor of this east Central Texas town. You might be surprised what all you discover.
Over 100 full color images pull you into a small farming town in northeastern Kansas allowing you to experience a Sunday where the clocks run slower and the people are truly the salt of the earth. From town to field, sun up to sun down, see what you're missing.
Hold onto yer butt for this 3,000 mile journey across the northwestern interior states of Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, & Wyoming (including brief mentions of Oregon and Washington). Includes stops at Yellow Stone National Park, Mt Rushmore, Devils Tower, Jewel Cave, plus lots more in 200+ full color pictures as you travel with us from rest area to traffic jam across the region.
Visit Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in this virtual visual tour of 130 color pictures covering everything from the common to the rare in Southwest Washington. Useful identification images with location guide. Includes many once-in-a-lifetime views of this remarkable location.
While trains and railway scenes are interesting, every-so-often you stumble upon a really neat example of something special. This collection of over 150 full color images consists of my top fifty finds throughout the years.
New Year's Resolution: Weekly Training! An entire year of railroad photography, clocking in at nearly 250 pictures, covering images for all 52 weeks, come rain or shine, heck or high water. Hang onto your butt, it's more challenging than you think.
Eight days, seven nights, 4000 miles, and over 90 full color images with fast flowing text pull you through an incredible journey through California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona. Includes stops at Blythe Intaglios, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Desert Arizona, the Grand Canyon, Zion and Yosemite National Parks, and more.
Over one hundred passenger train images following Amtrak (and a couple surprises) predominantly through the Pacific Northwest through all seasons and weather conditions. Grab your bag, watch your step, and climb on up. All aboard!
Over sixty beautiful railway images combining scenery and rail action covering locations from Washington and Oregon, out into neighboring states, even a couple photographs from Texas. Come along with us on a journey through the living history of the railroad.