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.
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.
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. Not to mention, my "Also By Bob Campbell" section got so large in my books, it was eating into space I'd rather devote to additional images for your pleasure concerning the main topic or treatise.
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.