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  • About Me

    My first experience traveling abroad introduced me to otherworldly landscapes and immersed me into a culture very different from my own. It evoked a sense of childlike wonder within me, and a curiosity about what treasures the rest of the world must hold. That initial desire to explore the unknown has lead me on many voyages to foreign lands. With each journey I have gained knowledge and witnessed indescribable beauty. I have been challenged physically, mentally and spiritually, and forced to solve problems I am not normally faced with at home. Strangers from all walks of life have shown me kindness and have graciously welcomed me into their homes and villages. Traveling has changed me and has become a part of who I am today.

    Through my photography, I strive to capture images that will bring each destination I have visited to life, and hopefully spark a desire in others to explore our amazing planet as well.

It has been a joy to watch Maddie Grace grow up and blossom into the beautiful young woman she is today.  I was honored to be a part of her wedding day, and I wish her and Hunter much love and happiness.

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“Vincent had seen this landscape before in countless Chinese scrolls and wall hangings, the hills ink-brushed or water-colored, rearing up into such lofty, attenuated peaks that he could only suspect the artists of exaggeration.  They had not exaggerated.  If anything, they had failed to capture the full legion of pinnacles, a piked, ivy-cloaked regiment bearing down on the rice meadows, the roping Li River, the slight wisp of a highway upon which Vincent now traveled.”

One could not have depicted the scenery surrounding the Li River as well as John Dalton did in this particular passage from his book, Heaven Lake.

Location:  Guilin & Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, China

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“As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly.  You leave marks behind, however small.  And in return, life–and travel–leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks–on your body or on your heart–are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt.”

Quote by Author, Anthony Bourdain

Location:  Ancient Water Town of Luzhi | Outskirts of Shanghai, China

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“That’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned.  I don’t want to know what people are talking about.  I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.  Suddenly you are five years old again.  You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”

Excerpt from Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

Location:  Ancient Water Town of Zhujiajiao | Outskirts of Shanghai, China

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“China is a sleeping giant.  Let her sleep, for when she awakens she will shake the world.”

Quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte

Location:  Urban areas of Shanghai including Shanghai Railway Station, The Bund and Financial District, and Nanjing Road

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