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Wildlife of Madagascar - Madagascar is the island that time forgot. Separated from the Indian subcontinent 88 million years ago, life evolved in isolation from the rest of the planet. As a result, more than 90% of Madagascar’s plant and animal species are found nowhere else on Earth. Unfortunately the ecology of the island is being destroyed by slash-and-burn agricultural practices. Much of the native forest habitat on the island has been decimated with devastating impact on the endemic wildlife that depends on it. Most of the eastern rain forests, excluding those in national parks and reserves, could be wiped out within the next 10 years.

The beauty of the people, landscape and wildlife made for a wonderfully enjoyable experience. Hopefully, efforts underway to preserve the uniqueness and ecology of the island will be successful.

Malagasy - Our visit to Madagascar was one of the best experiences we’ve had. We expected to photograph lemurs and chameleons but this trip was so much more. We loved the spirit of the Malagasy people. Despite great poverty the people were warm, friendly, energetic and proud.
Palouse Harvest - Cathy and I had such a great time in Palouse last June that we decided we had to go back during the wheat harvest and observe the region and activities at that time. We were not disappointed. The green wheat fields had turned into the famous "amber waves of grain". While completely different in tone, the colors and textures were every bit as beautiful. It rained on our second day, cutting the harvest activities short, but we were able to capture some of the combines in action. At a further treat, we followed the grain through its various steps from harvest through shipping to market.

Palouse, in eastern Washington, is one of the richest, most prolific agricultural regions in the world. However, to many, it even better know as one of the most photogenic landscapes in the United States. In June of 2016 Cathy and I had the privilege of spending a week there photographing the region. We fell in love with the rolling hills and soft velvet fields.  
Expressions of Nature is a collection of our favorite Black and White images from the past ten years. Ever since I began printing photos in my home darkroom 45 years ago B&W has been one of my favorite art forms. The world of digital photography has not changed that.
Costa Rica is one of the most lush, bio-diverse and humid places that we have ever visited. The rain forests were magnificent and the wildlife spectacular. We especially wanted to see and photograph the tree frogs. Although the poison dart frogs escaped our cameras the tree frogs were quite co-operative. We also saw plenty of scarlet macaws and capuchin monkeys.
Iguazu Falls are one of the great natural wonders of the world. The falls are the result of the Iguazu River , plummeting over the edge of the Parana Plateau creating approximately 150 to 300 waterfalls varying from 200 to 270 feet high and extending for 1.7 miles. The falls straddle the border between Brazil and Argentina . Both countries have created national parks to promote and protect the falls. Even during times of low flow, the falls are spectacular. The most impressive feature of the falls is the narrow gorge named "The Devil's Throat" which is constantly shrouded in mist.
Secrets of the Pantanal - The Pantanal is a region in Brazil that contains the worlds largest wetlands environment. It is between 54,000 and 75,000 sq. mi. in area, 80% of which is underwater during the wet season, leading to an amazing diversity of wildlife. The primary method of transportation is via boats that ply the rivers winding through the area. Dense thickets line the rivers. Peer carefully into the underbrush and trees and the secrets of the Pantanal will be revealed to you.
The Snow Monkeys of Japan are fascinating creatures. Ever since I first saw and read about them in National Geographic Magazine I knew that someday I would have to go to Japan and see them. Like many species of monkeys and primates, they have very human-like faces and expressions, especially the eyes. Watching them sit in the hot springs with snow collecting on their heads only makes them more appealing.
Wildlife of Japan encompasses a wide variety of species. Among the most exciting are the red-crowned cranes, famous for their mating dance and ritual. However, there is much more for the naturalist to observe, including extensive species of birds, especially the raptors, deer, fox and much more.
South Africa 2013 represented our return to the African continent. Having fallen in love with the land, the people and the wildlife during our first visit to Kenya in 2012 we were anxious to return and explore new area. And we were not disappointed. The wildlife in South Africa is spectacular. A highlight was certainly getting to see multiple leopards and even some cubs. Come and enjoy our images with us.

Pictures at an EGGs-hibition was a significant departure from our normal nature and wildlife photography. Inspired by my mother's egg art and intrigued by the endless possibilities of shape, form, light and shadow we spent a year exploring this simple, yet complex, object. The gallery show that resulted from this work was very well received.

The Kenya Collection contains the images that were included in the gallery show, “Africa: Two Views” in May of 2012. Cathy and I teamed up with local artist Walter Crew to produce an art show highlighting the African people, wildlife and landscape. Our B&W photos were carefully selected and prepared to provide intimate portraits of the animals that we saw and the people we met. Non-essential elements in the photographs were de-emphasized until all that was left was the pure essence of the image. Walter’s paintings, on the other hand, are rich, vibrant celebrations of life, color and texture. The two viewpoints contrasted nicely and the show was an artistic success.

Kenya - Our visit to Kenya was awe inspiring as we discovered for the first time the incredible ecological diversity of this continent. The beauty was staggering. We saw the incredible richness of the wildlife and landscape. Unfortunately, we also became aware of the severe problems of poaching and man's  encroachment of the wilderness.

Kenya - People of Color - I expected many things when we visited Kenya for the first time. One thing that I did not expect was the incredibly colorful nature of the people's clothing and jewelry. It was astonishing, as were the people themselves.

Yellowstone Winter - Struggle for Survival - Most people know Yellowstone for it's grand geothermal features and mooching bears. However winter brings out a different side of Yellowstone. The snow covered landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. And there is an astonishingly large amount of wildlife that thrives in this environment. But the bitter winter cold and encroaching ranches just outside the park create serious survival issues for the resident wildlife.

 

The American Southwest - Chasing the Light - Both barren and beautiful, the American Southwest has provided inspiration to artists, photographers and writers alike. What looks barren, dry and inhospitable during the middle of the day comes alive with color in the "golden hours" around dawn and sunset. For most of our visit we found ourselves "chasing the light" to capture those moments when the rocks and landscape came alive with color.

 

Iceland - A Personal Journey - Often referred to as the land of "fire and ice", Iceland is a very special land. Sitting directly atop the mid-Atlantic Ridge the country is constantly being pulled apart by tectonic forces of unimaginable strength. Thus Iceland has more volcanoes than any other country on earth. The country powers itself with geothermal energy. Yet with all this heat energy the central portion of the country is covered with snow and glaciers. Geologically and scenically, Iceland provides an amazing experience.

 

The Polar Bears of Churchill - Each fall, polar bears congregate on the shores of Hudson Bay in Manitoba Canada, waiting for the bay to freeze. After fasting on land for six to seven months, they’re eager to hunt ringed seals on the bay ice. In 2008 Cathy and I had a five-day adventure, exploring the western shore of Hudson Bay by “tundra buggy” where we photographed these endangered animals.

 

Environments was a gallery show that featured 44 of our images from Kenya, Churchill, Yellowstone, the Southwest and Death Valley. The images illustrate man's impact on the environment as well as the magnificence of our natural world.

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