Welcome! I taught himself photography because I felt the scenery that I was seeing and feeling was not being adequately represented in photos. I do it out of love. Photography is a deeply spiritual practice for me. No, I don't do photography for a narcissistic ego quest for world-wide admiration. I just love to celebrate the Earth and the life on it. I like to bring a greater appreciation of nature to people and to share that together.
I'd say my style is more spontaneous than most photographers I've met. Almost all the images in my gallery were not planned, except of course getting myself out to places where I knew there'd be beauty to see and capture.
I grew up in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and starting at the age of about six our family would take regular weekend trips into West Virginia to our property. There were many hours of road trips and of watching the scenery go by. Those many trips helped inspire me and helped me to appreciate its beauty. I'm mostly a city boy but my inner West Virginian is always trying to come out! As a young adult I would bring a camera on my walks in the hills and mountains and it slowly developed into a passionate endeavor as the years passed.
I have roughly a thousand images in my collection. I'll process as many of the images I can and post them here on DA. It's been fun so far.