Images from Adventures Great and Small
I love my life! I have wonderful friends and family, and my life is enriched by the travel opportunities that I create for myself. These can vary from a photo workshop abroad to driving back roads in my home state of New Hampshire. I’ve met the nicest people from my stops to take pictures of a lovely old barn, or beautiful flowers growing on a pretty white fence. I always go to the door, ring the doorbell and ask permission to take pictures. I’ve found that most folks are so welcoming! One couple gave me a tour of the barn that their grandfather built, and a women gave me seeds from that beautiful red hibiscus plant. In return I always try to send pictures to these warm people who have made my day.
My husband gave me a “point and shoot” camera several years ago and I never thought that it would change my life! I planned on taking family and vacation snaps but the gift stayed in my closet for months. One day when I was gardening the light shifted and suddenly illuminated the plant in front of me. The dark greens became glittering jewel tones of emerald green and purple. I remembered the camera and eventually got my shot. Then when I started to observe the landscapes around me and I became obsessed with creating images. Within two months I had won two local photo contests, the first for a pet photos, and the second for my town’s calendar. I couldn’t believe that I my photo taken with a $200.00 camera had captured the cover image for the calendar! This was all the validation I needed and I knew that this was the direction my life was taking.
Now my passion is photography! I spend my days thinking about new destinations, learning new skills and examining the web to learn from other photographers. I believe that my ability to live in both New Hampshire and Florida has helped me to stay inspired as a Fine Art Nature, Landscape and Travel Photographer. In New Hampshire, I often head out by boat to take images of the lake area and of the antique wooden boats that grace Lake Winnipesaukee. In Florida, I love to start the day at the beach with my camera in hand. I also enjoy photographing the migrating water birds and wild animals by frequenting wildlife refuges and the Everglades. I’m also the photographer for Ballet Vero Beach as I was a dancer in my young life. Lately I’ve returned to my teenage passion for wild horses and I’ve traveled to several states to capture the spirit of these incredible animals. My most rewarding experience was of making images of the white Camargue horses of southern France.
As a photographer I have become a Conservationist in an effort to protect those places that I hold dear. Our State and National Parks are an incredible resource and are our country’s heritage. They must be protected from development. So many wildlife species are threatened and will become extinct if we don’t act.
Although largely self trained, my mentors have most notably have been Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon, wildlife photographers Patrick Gerlach and Jared Lloyd, and bird and travel photographer John Lopinot.