It's so hard for me to put into words just how to state my reasons for what I do in the world of images. So much in the everyday world inspires me visually that I feel I will not have enough time on this earth to capture everything. Life moves us through many journeys, and my photographs are on this one thread that sews it all together called time. I am a very curious person by nature - always searching to understand about nature, seasons, history, family history, spirituality, emotions, & nostalgia. Wondering why certain images affect us emotionally deeper than others. I want to capture, study, and share each subject; and bring forth the wonderment of their unique characteristics in order to appreciate them to the fullest.
My latest series of wading birds (egrets, herons, and cranes) came to light through the winter of 2013-2014. I was photographing hawks and was fascinated by their strength and hunting habits. Practicing at shooting them in flight became kind of a sport. I could actually shoot them out our back door in the dead of winter as they hunted in our woods and the fields behind our house. Then in February of 2014, we went to Houston to visit our #3 son and his wife. Her folks had some property around Lake Livingston that they had purchased to build on and took us out to see it. It was a beautiful piece of property, close to the water with tall trees that included an incredible egret and heron roost. I was in total heaven with these amazing creatures flying and nesting all around. Fortunately, I had been practicing the capture of birds in flight and was extremely excited and prepared for making some incredible images. Life seems to surprise us most when we least expect it!!
From that point on, I became hooked on these gorgeous creatures and have spent more time photographing them. My husband, Greg, and I recently went to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife reserve in New Mexico to watch and photograph migrating sandhill cranes. According to Smithsonian: "These cranes have been around since the Eocene, which ended 34 million years ago. They are among the world's oldest living birds and one of the planet's most successful life-forms, having outlasted millions of species (99 percent of species that ever existed are now extinct)." These red-crested, large birds have rituals and dances that are very fascinating. In fact, dance is one thing cranes are credited by many societies with giving us.
My hope is that you will enjoy and share in my current journey of large birds and the natural, elegant beauty they bring to us. I have many series ahead that I hope to accomplish and I will continue sharing them with you.
Thank you so much for your interest in my work.