I hail from Texas, born in Dallas and raised in Plano. After graduating from Plano Senior High School and gaining my SCUBA open water certification in 1998 I moved to Galveston, Texas where I attended Texas A&M University at Galveston (TAMUG). While attending TAMUG I served as Student Body President in the 2000-2001 academic year. In May of 2001 I received my Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University. After an internship at Geo-Marine, Inc the summer of 2001 I attended Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, FL. Misti and I were married on June 14, 2002. We lived happily in Melbourne, Florida until I graduated from FIT with my Masters of Science in Environmental Science in December of 2003.
After my education behind, we moved to South Florida where we lived in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area until February 2010. During this time I worked for HSA, Inc. and Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc. This is also the time period which my photography interests began to outgrow point and shoot cameras. We owned several point and shoot digital cameras and a Pentax ME film camera acquired from my dad. After deciding we needed a more demanding camera, Misti and I shared a 10.1 MP Canon Rebel xti until upgrading to my current 21.1 MP Canon 5D mark ii. With this camera I currently enjoy stalking unique pictures such as wild orchids, cypress lined rivers, long exposure frames and the perfect sunrise. During my trips I made discoveries such including over 600 of the famous ghost orchid (Dendrophylax linenii) and the discovery of Cyclopogon elatus (tall ladies’-tresses orchid) after not being seen in the United States for more than 25 years. I take great pride is searching out natural subjects. All photographs in my online galleries are of wild plants, animals, and landscapes (no botical gardens or zoos).
In February of 2010 Misti and I quit our perfectly good jobs to thru hike the 2,179 mile Appalachian Trail. We started the Appalachian Trail in Georgia on March 13, 2010. The journey was tougher and more gratifying than I had ever hoped. After hiking approximately 5 million steps, 14 states, and nearly five months later, we summited Mount Katahdin in Maine on August 11, 2010. Memories of the trail will forever be with me.
Please view my online gallery to view some of my photography.