About Me

 

 

 I was born and raised just outside of

Baltimore, Maryland.  Ever since I was a

boy, I have always loved nature.  Whenever

I could, I would be in the woods with my

dog, Rusty.

 

 

 

 



 

 

My favorite animal has always been the Gray Wolf, ( except for Rusty )...  When I

 

was a kid, I painted a wolf paw print on the chain guard of my bicycle and

 

wrote, " The Wolf " next to it.  That was a long time ago...   Since then I have

 

had many interests.  I started playing the drums when I was thirteen.  I got

 

my first car when I was fifteen.  It was a '56 Mercury, it wasn't pretty, it

 

wasn't new,  and I had to fix it myself, but that was fine with me

 

because I grew up around a garage and loved fixing cars.  Believe me, if

 

it was on that car, at one point or another, I had to fix it.  My mechanical

 

skills led me into the automotive business.  For over forty years I

 

have worked on everything from your average car, to school buses, heavy

 

equipment, large trucks, race cars, motorcycles, 4x4s, and airplanes.

 

My day job is as a Diagnostic Specialist/Shop Foreman at a major Toyota dealership

 

in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

In all that time though, there were three things I had always hoped to do

 

some day, and they were;  fly airplanes, scuba dive ( from watching Sea

 

Hunt ), and photography.  Today I am a Private Pilot and  Photographer.

 

Loyd Bridges had to go and die on me.. ).  Two out of three isn't bad.

 

 

 

For many years I always had the little cheap 110's and such, but I never

 

had a 35mm SLR.  I remember long ago my youngest sister bought a

 

Canon AE1 and was taking a photography course.  One day she took a

 

candid photo of my daughter with the blurred background and I thought,

 

wow, that's what a real camera can do!  Unfortunatly many years

 

passed before I finally got around to getting a 35mm SLR.  Even then it

 

wasn't until the Canon 10D came out that I got serious about photography.

 

It then became natural that my love for nature and wolves would come

 

together and launch my passion for photography.  I only wish I had done it

 

sooner.  I have always been very eclectic, but photography has really

 

hooked me.

 

 

 

 

Nature Photography is much more than taking pictures.  Its' novelty never

 

wears off.  Every time I venture out, I feel the excitement of the possibilities.

 

Some may think, how can you sit out there for hours on end.  Don't you get

 

board?  To me it's the thrill of the hunt without the regret.  You never know

 

what your going to see, plus what you do see, you get to bring back with

 

you!  I always think about the blank c/f card I start out with, and wonder

 

what will be on it at the end of the day.  It's that "not knowing" that keeps it

 

exciting!  Even when I don't come back with anything, the time I spend out

 

in nature, is priceless.  I realize I'm alive when I'm in nature.  To know

 

something, and to realize something, are two different things.  Not to

 

mention the fact, you learn something every time you go out, no matter

 

what you bring back.

 



 

 

" I think perhaps one of the greatest gifts God gave us, is our ignorance

 

of what is to come. "

JJ

 


 

In this modern world, wildlife and nature is a distant reality for most people. With

the technological explosion of the 20th century, only a small percent of the

population actually gets out into nature to see it's beauty. I hope to help bring the

natural world closer to some, through my photography.


The more people see nature, the more they'll want to preserve it.
 

 

 

Get out there and Embrace Nature!

 

 

 

 

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