I began photographing nature at the age of seven with an old Kodak bellows camera given to me by my grandfather.
My father and grandfather were both foresters, so I had a thorough information education on plants, trees and the life that lived in and beneath the canopy. Other members of our small community were trappers and natives who also took me with them to set trap lines and to hunt for everything from rabbits to bear and moose.
Over the years we took care of abandoned and orphaned animals including a bear cub and, because of the remote area, came into contact with animals in many different situations. Once we were even chased by a defensive cow moose in our truck when driving to one of the logging camps. On another occasion we were awakened by a bear happily swinging on our back screen door in the middle of the night.
My unsophisticated Kodak black & white camera, without telephoto lenses or remote shutter releases, provided me with good photos through careful planning and patient waiting in the blinds that I build. This education of the lives and patterns of animals has been invaluable to my career as a wildlife photographer.
Now I have equipment that allows me the opportunities to capture animals and their broods in their natural state from a distance with the least amount of disruption to their routine.
I have guided groups on hikes and canoe trips to highlight the viewing of nature and to point out animal habitats, plants, and insects.
Photography has taken me through most of Canada, the United States, and Europe. Photographing cities and people has expanded my skills and knowledge; however, I am still drawn to the forest.