Photography, for me over the last 45 years, has simply been an effort to personally and creatively express the wonder of my natural surroundings. In essence: not something that I have relied upon as a profession but rather an endeavor to keep my art free from the fetters and dictates of monetary demands of a career. I entered the digital world of photography in 2006 with the purchase of my first DSLR camera – a Nikon D200 – and have since started using a D300 system. My Nikon lenses consist of a 17-55mm f/2.8G ED DX, 70-200 f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S, 105mm Macro f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S, and a Nikon TC-14E Teleconverter. I use a Gitzu GT CF6X carbon fiber tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ballhead. Finally: my flash unit consists of a Nikon SB-800. For post processing, I use Photoshop CS4 with Nik Collection & Topaz filters and Photomatics HDR software. My favorite subjects are rustic landscapes, nature, and architectural ruins and, of course, a beautiful young granddaughter who loves to pose for "pa-pa". I have made photographic trips to England, Scotland, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Texas, Vermont, Washington. Some of my favorite photographers are Art Wolfe, Berthold Steinhilber, Jim Zuckerman, Marc Adamus, John Shaw, and William Neill. Finally: Photography, for me, is a continual learning process on an endless road that always strives toward the ultimate goal of personal perfection. I’ve not yet reached that elusive goal but I continue to press on toward it – 45 years later.