I was born in Washington, DC., but spent a good portion of my childhood in Italy and Argentina. Bachelor’s degree university work was pursued at the University of Maryland. U.S. Army service with the 7th Infantry Division took me to South Korea in the late 1960's following which a master’s degree was pursued at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. A subsequent career in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service included assignments in Washington DC., India, Thailand, Denmark and Sweden. The regional nature of the latter two also included responsibility for Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia. I retired from the USDA in August 2002 and have focused on photography since. I currently shoot with a Nikon D700 and D2X SLR 12.1 megapixel cameras with Nikkor 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. I also decided in 2006 to convert a Nikon D-70 SLR camera to exclusively infrared shooting.