Landscape and Nature Photography featuring prairie and rural scenes
A native Kansan, I grew up spending time outside hunting and fishing and from that developed my interest in nature. My passion (addiction?) for photography grew from a desire to simply be outside. I love to drive the back roads and explore places I've never been before while "hunting" for the right moment to stop and take a photograph. Being behind the camera helps me to "be in the moment" and to truly experience what is right in front of me. A side benefit of taking pictures is that I get to share what I see with others and hopefully somebody once in awhile will like my photos enough to pay for one...which enables me to selfishly head back out to lose myself in the landscape again.
I shoot whenever time allows and also have been teaching photography at a community learning center in Manhattan, Kansas. Teaching allows me to help others develop their talents and makes me a much better photographer. It is a real delight to see someone else get excited about creating a photograph.
I know it is cliche, but I sincerely hope my images will inspire you to "stop and smell the roses." We are surrounded by beauty but seem to rarely take time to notice it. If we aren't careful it is going to be gone before we know it. I can be so attuned to the light and shapes, texture, and colors when I'm out photographing and feel so alive...only to be lost in the noise of our ever increasingly complex world when I return after a session of shooting. I hope you can find some time to get away from the rat race with me and enjoy these photographs.
Fall is definitely here now and I’ve had a lot of fun photographing the change in colors this season. To go along with the change in seasons, I’ve decided it is time for a Fall canvas gallery wrap sale. I’ve selected the photo “A sheltered spot” for the sale.
This sale is for 16×20″ canvas gallery wrap for $99 (about 50% regular price) and will run through the afternoon of November 11th. Click here to order.
I’ve also got my 2018 Kansas Calendar ready and calendars can be ordered online by clicking here. Calendars are printed on demand for each order, so please allow about 2 weeks for delivery.
This past weekend I made several trips out and about with my camera. A lot of my photography lately is done on weekend trips with my wife. We like to load up our dog and head out for drives to various places nearby. We usually try to head to a location where we can get out at different times and do some walking – our dog really loves when we do that. These are fun weekends and we really look forward to them. I never know what I might find to photograph. Sometimes it is mostly landscapes that I end up shooting and sometimes it is more wildlife that we come across. This past weekend was definitely more wildlife oriented. Continue reading “A Weekend for wildlife watching” »
Several of my previous blog posts have talked about photographing recurring events each year. Looking at the world through a camera has definitely helped me be more aware of the cycles of the world occurring around me. Since I live in a state heavily involved in agriculture, some of the cycles I end up photographing each year are related to field crops. Kansas is known as “the wheat state” for a good reason, producing a significant portion of the U.S. wheat crop each year. Each summer I try to spend time photographing the wheat fields as they mature around the state. Wheat harvest was an important time in my house when I was growing up and photographing the wheat fields brings back a lot of memories for me. I also think the wheat fields are beautiful, and it can be very peaceful to sit and watch a field sway in the summer wind. Continue reading “Getting Ready for the Fall Crops” »