About the Photographer

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Bio

Many people do not think the Washington metropolitan area offers many opportunities for nature photography. However, I find it a great location. Although it does not look like the Grand Tetons or the Grand Canyon, it does have a lot to offer. The mountains are two hours to the west and the Eastern Shore is two hours to the east. My favorite day trips are Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland.


Tufted Titmouse on my back deck

Tuffed Titmouse


The first time I visited Huntley Meadows Park and stepped on the half mile boardwalk, I was amazed of the numerous activity in wetland area. I was surrounded with the calls of red-winged blackbirds, numerous turtles were sunning on large logs that were laying in the water. It was also the first time I have ever noticed a four foot great blue heron. There were also numerous great egrets that I thought only hung out in Florida. It was like a miniature everglades in the busy district of Alexandria, just a mile away from Highway U.S. 1. I cannot count the number of times I've returned.

Bald Eagle, Blackwater NWF

Bald Eagle Launch #1

White-tailed Fawn, Big Meadows

White-tailed Fawn

Not long after my a few visits with a camera, I heard eagle activity was common on the Potomac River.  I visited Mason Neck State Park, located  beside the Potomac River in Lorton, Virginia. Again, this was just off the busy road of U.S. 1 and Interstate 95. My visit was successful. There were two bald eagles diving in the water catching fish. I was amazed, I only thought eagles were in Alaska and almost extinct. I never thought I would see them in Fairfax County, Virginia. Times have changed for the better. They are very common now, that I sometimes ignored them if I see them sit on a branch, or just fly in the air.

Great Egrets, Huntley Meadows Park

Great Egrets

Many days require patience and frustrations, but the day is never waisted.

Armed at Conowingo Dam with my Nikon cannon

At Conowingo Dam with my Nikon and "Cannon"

I had great mentors over the years, which includes other photographers I’ve met through and my involvement with the Northern Virginia Photographic Society, the Centreville Baptist Church Photography Team, and attended great photography workshops through the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and the North American Nature Photography Association, and Dr. Eugene Hester, a retired official  of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. He introduced me to new subjects, like the Indigo Bunting and his personal friend, Hootie, a Barred Owl.

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Hootie, the Barred Owl

Barred Owl

Thank you for checking out my website.  I hope you enjoy the images.


Visit to the Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park

Photo visit to the Anhinga Trail

Visit to Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park

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Accomplishments

- Presented my photography work on the Fairfax Station, “Photographers of Northern Virginia”

- Presented my photography work on the Arlington Channel, “Behind the Lens”:      

  Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBYzuZBgnD8      

  Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUkdhQ_u3M4

- Cover image was recognized and selected by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and was included in their 2016 “Expressions”  book.

- Juried in the Nature Visions Photography Exposition, 2002 – 2019, which included a photograph that was selected for the 2016 Nature Visions Travel Exhibit

- Published  image for the United States Environmental Protection Agency's “Wildlife of Wetlands” calendar

- First place at the Huntley Meadows Photography Exhibit

- Second place for the "Wildlife" category and honorable mention for the "Birds" category at the Ward Museum of Art in Nature Photography Festival

- Album photographer for an alternative band, “The Mood” :

https://www.reverbnation.com/moodrocks

- Presented two Photo Exhibits at Huntley Meadows Park

- 10 year volunteer at Huntley Meadows Park

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