Human societies and ideologies are given to change with such frequency that one might assume them to be severely flawed; requiring thousands of years of alterations in order to finally get it right. Nature on the other hand refuses to change and believes in endless repetitiveness and yet there is no boredom in the steadfastness of the presentation which is either so wonderfully designed that one doesn't tire of seeing the same venue millions of times or else the variations in attire continue to amaze, or both. If a sunset is viewed from the same vantage point each evening, the landscape remains unchanged but the cloud cover and sunlight effect the landscape in new ways with each dusk. Or the lush Summer greens give way to the Autumn palette and thereafter the snow clings to the denuded forest. The same is never the same.
For these reasons, I spend much of my free time in the natural realm quietly observing and recording the splendor of it all; coalescing all of my perceptions and images into chronicles to share with the world in the form of EBooks hoping always that the effort inspires the reader to segregate self from our ever-changing societies and ideologies briefly and to savor the magnificence of that which refuses to change.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read history for pleasure. These are the records of those long departed but in their words we can assist our imagination in forming more vivid assumptions. History also helps us develop the art of discerning fact from fiction because not all history is accurate and not all history agrees with our preconceptions. When one, through a study of the historical record, calls into question his own beliefs, he can be considered genuinely mature.
What do your fans mean to you?
Excellent question. My followers are in 3 categories. There are those like myself who become filled with wonder at the compelling art which nature creates so effortlessly and masterfully. It's not about the photographer. It's not about the equipment. It's about natural beauty. Then there are those who either don't have time or sufficiently good health to go into the places I travel. These people explore and admire natural beauty vicariously through my chronicles. Lastly there are those who grew up as children in New England and have found it necessary to leave. They are perpetually homesick because New England etches herself into your soul. My work helps them reconnect with that special place of their childhood. In conclusion, my followers are the reason I share and without them I could leave the camera at home and simply let me eyes and memory form an internal chronology of nature art for my own personal enjoyment.
Wonders with Winter demonstrates the numerous opportunities awaiting the photographer during the season when most photographers put the gear away and await springtime. But in reality the dead season is alive with frosty photo fodder: snowscapes, snowflakes, ice forms over streams, ice coatings from freezing rain and icicles on houses.
Mad About Mushrooms is a romantic peek at the world of forest fungi, presented as they self-express in nature, bold and whimsical. This book is predominantly a gallery of mushroom portraits with commentary on how they impress and inspire me. Added to the commentary are various notes on photographic technique and some observable facts and curiosities about mushrooms.
Flights of Fancy is a book about dragonflies; scientific facts regarding their anatomy and behaviors and techniques for approaching them, befriending them and capturing their portraits using simple gear. The book concludes with a gallery of images presenting the beauty and curiosity of these fascinating aviators.
Enchanting Evanescence presents a gallery of snowflake portraits and an explanation on how to photograph snowflakes yourself without expensive equipment. It also provides facts about snowflake science and honors the life work of Wilson Bentley, the first person to successfully photograph a snowflake; a feat he accomplished in 1885.