I'm a retired graphic artist.

My favorite subjects are usually close to home: my cat, my family, my tiny garden and my community which includes a number of parks, equestrian trails, a rodeo arena, a water theme park, a regional airport and the LA County fairgrounds, a facility known as Fairplex.

I often enjoy doing close-ups, and as I use my new camera, hope to experiment with these some more. For a number of reasons, I don't travel much, but when I do I make sure I have my camera with me!

I am currently using a Canon Digital Rebel Xsi and am building a modest collection of lenses, filters, tripods, etc. However, I have always placed the importance of composition ahead of added photographic equipment and gadgets to "get the shot." This is partly because I need to "travel light," but I also am of the opinion that the best technical skills cannot make up for poor composition.

Anyone can enjoy my public galleries, which generally contain photos of landscapes, wildlife, city/community places and events, closeups, still lifes and my cat Spencer. These are available to everyone to view, but not to download or to purchase prints, cards, etc. My galleries that contain photos of family and friends (and which often have identifying captions) are unlisted (ie., private); most are included in my Friends & Family Sharegroup.

If I have sent you a link for an unlisted gallery, that is the only way to access it. If you think you may want to access it later, please save the link or email me for another.

If I've sent you a link for my "Friends and Family" sharegroup, then you can access all of the galleries in that sharegroup.

None of my galleries or their photos–whether public or unlisted–are to be used for any commercial or other similar purpose without my permission. Friends or family members who I have invited to view unlisted galleries may download, order prints or merchandise, or share photos with other family members and friends, but only with the understanding that none are to be posted online, sold or otherwise used without my permission.

If you know me personally and happen upon my public galleries here, please contact me if you'd like to see more.