Provence, France

Provence, France

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– Saint Augustine

In July, I had the opportunity to attend a photography workshop in Provence, France.  When my friends and I decided to go to Provence, I knew that Bryan F. Peterson would be the perfect person to choose for a workshop in that area.  I first met Bryan

Manosque, France

Manosque, France

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
― Pascal Mercier

This summer I had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend two weeks in France.  The trip began as a four-day photography workshop and grew from there.  My friends and traveling companions, Les and Janet, and I began our adventure with several days in Paris.  If you did not get a chance to read about our stop in Paris, 

900 Days of School (Part Four)

900 Days of School (Part Four)

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
― Leo Tolstoy

Last school year I began an exciting personal project.  I decided to take one picture a day for the last five years of my professional career as an elementary school teacher.  When I decided to do this project, I had no idea that once I started, it would 

Paris

Paris

“One place suits one person, another place suits another person. For my part, I prefer to live in the country, like Timmy Willie.”
― Beatrix Potter

This summer, I had the trip of a lifetime, as I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in France.  I have never been to Europe before, so the anticipation for this trip built the entire year that my friends and I planned the trip.  Our first stop on this amazing trip was

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”
― Ansel Adams

Prior to this summer, my experiences with Yosemite National Park were limited to viewing the park through Ansel Adams’ amazing images, either in books or in museums.  Even after viewing these photographs by the Master, I was in no way prepared

San Francisco

San Francisco

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”
― Mark Twain

Now that I have finished my summer travels, I have time to relive my experiences through the pictures that I was able to capture.  My first trip of the summer was a family vacation to California.  We started our week-long adventure in

Colby and Kolby

Colby and Kolby

“Happiness is only real when shared.”
― Jon Krakauer

I have spent four weeks of this summer break traveling.  My final summer trip brought me to Florida to spend time with my brother,  his wife, and some of my dearest friends.

The daughter of my close friends, Colby, is one of my

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

“Unexpected intrusions of beauty. This is what life is.”
― Saul Bellow

The first stop for our summer family vacation this year was San Francisco.  One of the things my family wanted to do was visit Alcatraz Island.  Luckily, we heard that tickets needed to be

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

“Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. ”
― Walker Evans

I have seen many pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge, located in San Francisco, California, since becoming a photographer.  The images that seem to stay with me are the ones that have the bridge disappearing into the fog.

This past week, I had my first opportunity to see the bridge in person.  I intentionally did not