My life’s journey has been full of adventure and change, but one thing has never wavered and that is my passion and love for wildlife and nature. There is nothing greater than standing under the Milky Way in Big Bend National Park or watching Sharp-tailed Grouse on the lek in the Badlands. I have heard the cacophony of hundreds of thousands of Northern Fur Seals on St. Paul Island and photographed gulls in -30 degree conditions in Newfoundland.
I grew up in Oklahoma (where I was born) and Texas so I consider myself a Tokie! Part Scottish and part Cherokee Indian with a strong drive for excellence, a love of fun, and a determination to do it right. My family’s background is education and I get my love for learning and teaching naturally. I have a B.A. in Geography and a Master of Regional & City Planning from the University of Oklahoma, as well as, a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Seminary. I currently reside in Sanderson, Texas. One of my other hobbies is keeping venomous snakes and invertebrates.
My career path has varied due to not following my passion from the start. I was a transportation planner (I ran computer models to determine travel demand - be still sport fans) in Rapid City, SD, Oklahoma City, OK, and Austin, TX. I left transportation planning to start a church from scratch and I served as a pastor for 13 years.
After some major life changes, I found myself at a crossroads of life wondering what would be next. Because of the tremendous support of my amazing wife (Mel) and the encouragement of countless friends and strangers, I have had time to pursue the right job. I am beyond blessed to serve as the Supervisor of the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas. This is one of twelve Texas Department of Transportation Visitor Centers around the state.
My very first toy camera was given to me in the mid-70’s and with it, my love of photographing wildlife was sparked. I first picked up a serious camera in 1989 which was a Canon AE-1 with a broken meter. I learned the sunny f/16 rule and off I went. In 1990, my grandparents gave me a Canon 630 and Canon 100-300 f/5.6 L lens. This really fired my passion for photography and birding. I love all wildlife to be sure and will watch a sunrise or sunset anywhere. The first thing I ever photographed was an American Buffalo at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.
*Canon 5D Mark III
*Rokinon 14 f/2.8
*Canon 17-40 f/4 L
*Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5 L II
*Canon 40 "The Pancake"
*Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II L
*Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L
*Sigma 180 f/3.5 Macro
*Canon 600 f/4 II L
*Canon 1.4 III
*Canon (1) 12mm & (2) 25mm extension tubes
*(2) Canon 580 EX II Flash
*Gitzo Tripod with Gimbal Head and flash bracket
*Induro Tripod with ball head
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Favorite Book - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Sport - College Football & NHL
Favorite Quote - (Theodore Roosevelt) It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Favorite Sarcastic Quote - Some people are like a slinky, not good for much of anything, but always bring a smile to your face when they take a tumble down the stairs.
Favorite Place to Photograph - Big Bend National Park, Texas
Favorite Food - Bacon (did you have to ask?)
Favorite Bird - Swallow-tailed Kite