I think with the Army Navy Game today and the time-honored tradition, that not only the game brings, but for me the institution this day has become, this is the image I have chosen to share. I have watched 49 of the 59 years I have spent on this earth with my dad and have not missed a year since his journey on this earth ended, but I know he has a front row seat.
This image was taken on January 18 2009 in the Duluth Harbor of Lake Superior. 9 months later my dad died and at Christmas that year... I took a picture of the wreath we laid on his grave and created what I titled A Sailors Christmas in honor of my dad and my first Christmas without him. Little did I know that 3 years later on his birthday November 2nd, I would receive am email from the United States Navy asking to use this image for the theme of their Holiday Concert at DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington DC. I was so overwhelmed, humbled and completely over-the moon happy! That day I received the hig...
"To the Memory of the Gallant Men here entombed and their Shipmates, who gave their lives in action on December 7, 1941." - USS Arizona Memorial
Visiting the USS Arizona this past year, I don’t think that I was prepared for the wave of emotion that met me as I boarded the memorial. If you have had the opportunity to experience Pearl Harbor I am sure you know what I was feeling. I used the word experience, because that is exactly what it is. The National Park Service sets t...he stage with the World War II Valor In The Pacific presentation. The tour boat that takes you across the harbor to the memorial was somber, not a word was spoken.
Standing on the memorial, gazing out on the Pacific Ocean, seeing the remains of the ship just beneath my feet, the smell of fuel still rising to the surface I imagined all the battleships sitting there that early morning, the crews about to realize the “Day that will live in infamy”. I could feel the rumble in the air of the incoming aircraft, the bombs d...
Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers ~ Kahlil Gibran
Going though my winter archives and we sure don't seem to get these pretty snowfalls anymore. I remember that the snow was waist deep trying to get to this spot, I am hoping this winter is full of "kindness". - Split Rock Lighthouse, Beaver Bay, Mn.
As I live the Cowboy Way,
Protection is what I pray,
I don't know my Fate, ...
Outside of the gate.
If my ride sees trouble,
Send Angels on the double,
For in you the Lord I rest,
Let my life pass your test.
By pure grace I am saved,
Lord, ride with me,
That's the Cowboy Way,
And what bull riders pray.
July 5, 2008. This was my first rodeo (I like the flip on the idiom). I captured this bull rider after his sudden fall from grace. To me it depicted the entire Rodeo Culture. The cowboy is the symbolic icon of the American West. Rodeos span our nation and I have learned over the years, (after “this ain’t my first rodeo”) it is much, much more than Bronc and Bull Riding. It is a way a life. It is family, God and hard work that molds these kids to participate, in my humble opinion, in the most dangerous sport in modern history. This was my first published piece as it donned the cover of the February 2009 cover of Your Competitor News, which was the Northwest’s only ro...
"Almost every thing you do will seem insignificant, but it is important that you do it" - Mahatma Gandhi
February 14, 2014 Lake Superior froze, making the Apostle Island ice caves accessible. I made the trek to see these spectacular wonders 3 times that winter. This particular day it was -30 degrees with the windchill. With a 5 hour drive in front of me, I left at midnight to ensure I arrived at the caves at sunrise. It is about a 6 mile round t...rip hike and certain I was prepared for this endeavor I had dressed in layers, ice cleats secure on my boots, hand warmers stuck in every possible place and protein bars and water in my backpack.
I arrived at about 5 am and began my venture to what seemed the frozen tundra. The caves were amazing to experience taking photo after photo, it was time to seek shelter in one of the caves for a small break. I pulled my water and protien bars from my pack and they both were frozen solid!! Needing this snack to keep going, I s...
This day August 9, 2015. My 56th birthday. I stood for my first time on the Oregon Coast. I think at this moment I felt more connected to God than at any other moment in my life. At a crossroad, unsure of my journey, my purpose in all of this, finding myself losing faith, I stood in front of this mighty ocean and beautiful scene and felt peace. It is hard to explain the spirituality I have found in nature, God’s creations, but I am grateful that I... have.
Music and literature play an enormous part in my artwork. It serves as my inspiration in bringing the emotion to my work. I heard this song by David Archuleta yesterday and thought of this moment and image.
Heavenly Father, I am grateful
For your eternal presence
I am learning to be patient
And that you are really there
Sometimes I am afraid
And I know that's lacking faith
But I'm beginning to understand
That for me you have a plan
Heavenly Father, I am grateful
For you sending your son
To die so that I live
This was a moment and not really one of those warm fuzzy kind of moments. January 3rd 2014 I wrote: "Note to self: The ice is not as thick as it looks! But in true photographer fashion, gently lay your camera on the ice and push it towards shore, then pull yourself out of this polar plunge predicament you've gotten yourself in! All is good, so glad I am wearing wool!"
Yes. I fell through the ice on Lake Superior in -20 degree weather. I wanted this shot. I got a little more than I had hoped for!
Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. ~ Thomas Merton.
It seems every year at this time we pause to reflect on the year gone by. We make resolutions and look forward to what lies ahead. Each December 1st I have looked back at my photo adventures and have posted my favorites for the year. This December marks a decade that I have been blessed to have found my love in this craft of photography. Unknowingly, I truly believe th...at it has taught me more about myself than I ever dared to discover. This journey for me, has been about the “moments” that I have experienced. Having had a camera in my hand to document those moments has filled my soul.
This December I want to share my favorite moments from this past decade, those times that have filled the pages of my journal and the images that I have been able to share with all of you that have traveled virtually along with me.
My first image I titled the Breath of God. “Inhale, and God approaches...
“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.” ~ John Muir
“I made up my mind not to care so much about the destination, and simply enjoy the journey.”
― David Archuleta
When I planned my camping trip to the North Shore, I was hoping for warmer weather (45 degrees in a tent was a tad cold), clear skies for milky way images, amazing sunrises and sunsets, none of which happened. Along the journey though, I had a blast chasing this steam train, hiked beautiful waterfalls and delighted in seeing the lupine and other wildflowers that covered the landscape with their brilliant colors. In the end, I simply enjoyed the journey.