Frogs and snails and puppy dog tails; that’s what little boys are made of. The opening line of this well-known nursery rhyme pretty much sums up my childhood. As a small boy I loved playing in the woods, creeks, and ponds that surrounded our home and I was fascinated with the creatures that lived there. Surely, it was my parents’ reluctant acceptance of their son’s curiosity that fostered my life-long love of nature and all God’s creatures.
Come with me on a journey through time and see how photography helped me rediscover my love and fascination of nature in a way nothing else could. There are no grand vistas or exotic landscapes here only the simple things, those small miracles that happen around us every day. Things we are sadly often far too busy to notice or enjoy.
The images and stories that now live on in the pages of my book were once e-mail messages I had sent to family and friends over a period of several years. Indeed, it was my way of sharing the beauty and wonder of life on this planet – at least until now. Sit with me for a bit and flip through the pages of my book, I promise you won’t be disappointed if you do.
Yep, I’m a baby boomer; born and raised near Cincinnati, Ohio. I hale from middle class America, a true, blue collar family, son of a carpenter and stay-at-home mom. My parents, both gone now, came from rather poor families, and grew-up during the Great Depression both reaching adulthood just in time to do their part in World War II. We didn’t have much when I was growing up, but hey, not many people did. As small boys tend to do, I loved playing in the woods and bringing home every manner of “creepy crawler” (as my mom called ‘em) I could lay my hands on. If it wiggled, crawled, flew, or swam across the face of the earth, I likely had one as a child. Surely, it was my mother’s reluctant acceptance of her son’s curiosity that cultivated my interest and love of nature. Through the years, I have carried this fascination and love of nature with me into manhood and outside of my family, it is still my biggest source of strength and enjoyment in life.