I was born and raised in north central West Virginia. After graduating from high school I enlisted in the Army. During my enlistment I spent two years in Germany, and one in Vietnam. While in the Army I "discovered" photography, and through a program for Vietnam veterans ("Project Transition"), I was able to intern as a photographer for the European Stars and Stripes, in the Augsburg bureau.
Camp Adner, I Corp, South Vietnam
During this time I also worked as a volunteer photography instructor and lab assistant in the Special Services Photo Lab, and I took a correspondence course in professional photography (this was before the days of "on-line" courses...or anything else "on-line" for that matter). These opportunities provided me with the "hands on", practical experience I needed to attempt a career in photography.
After my discharge I was hired as an "entry level" (GS-5) General Photographer at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland.
This began my civilian federal career that took me to bio-medical photography positions at many agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), and finally, back to USAMRIID at Fort Detrick. Most of the time I was doing medical, scientific, and technical photography. Along the way I spent several years as a color, and black & white, dark room technician as well as a motion picture camera operator.
After 40 years of federal service I retired in 2008 as the Visual Information Manager for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and USAMRIID.
I was blessed to have a career doing work that I enjoyed and found meaningful. Since my retirement from federal service I have embraced my passion for nature and wildlife photography.
Shortly after I retired I suffered a severe injury to my leg that has greatly hampered my mobility. As a result 95%, or more, of my photographs are taken from my vehicle. This blog was started to share my photos, and my passion, with others. I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog. Please use the "comments" button beneath each post to ask questions, leave messages, etc. You can also e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to hearing from you.