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I must say that I was devastated,after reading about the passing of Mary Lawler recently;but I also want to communicate my appreciation to Annie Steiner for writing such a wonderful tribute to Mary,in her latest blog. Mary impressed me from day one. When I first joined artid, it was Mary who made it a point to make me feel at home. She wrote me a note about one of the pictures that I had posted and thanked me for jogging her memory about "one of her favorite places on earth". It was the Hotel del Coronado, from the San Diego area of California. We discussed how spectacular the dining room was there, and she said that she hoped to be able to go back there again some day… Continue reading… 2 comments

I have always loved Mother Nature's beautiful creations, and having lived in Arizona for the past eight years, have seen many! One of course is the wonderful Grand Canyon.The Grand Canyon with it's wondrous north and south rims offers both hikers and photographers many glorious views. Not to take anything away from Arizona's beauty, there is another Grand Canyon, which many call "The Grand Canyon of the Pacifc", and it resides in Waimea, Hawaii, on the "Garden Island" of Kauai. This island just so happens to be my home away from home. I can go there year after year and always find something new to share. The colors of this magnificent island are plentiful,and the Grand Canyon of the Pacifc offers new delights every single time… Continue reading… 0 comments

I have always had a passion for Mother Nature, and all of the wonderful creative art that she provides me with, on a daily basis! There is almost never a day that can go by, that I don't spot some beautiful flower or creature that she has allowed me the priviledge of sharing with her~ Mother Nature is cool. She is a thing of beauty to me, rather than a person, or the embodiment of human flesh! She is almost everywhere I go outdoors; and I have yet to say that for even one minute she has disappointed me.... Mother Nature is the "protective" Mother of this planet that we call EARTH, and yet she is still willing to share with me....All I have to do is get up and get out! She makes it easy by providing me with tons of material to shoot. Whether it be an early morning bird..… Continue reading… 0 comments

Today,I would like to write about the joys of mentoring a Photography student of mine. His name is Brandon Alcala, and he is a very talented individual who has taken to photography like a fish to water! Now,not everybody sees things the same way,so the first thing that I try to do when I take on a mentorship is, I decide whether that individual has a commitment. In photography,as in many art forms and mediums, a lot is learned through trial and error, and at times it can get frustrating. Commitment is one key element to becoming a successful photographer. One must be willing to take chances; to look at ordinary objects from a different angle, and to try to combine color, light, and composition… Continue reading… 0 comments

One cannot look at this photograph of the Kalalua Valley; "Valley of the Lost Tribes", without feeling something spiritual. At least as the photographer,I certainly cannot!I have treked all over the Island of Kauai, over the past 45 years,and yet I still come back to the same place when I want to get in tune with my innermost feelings of being one with mother nature, and with my Lord. The Kalalua Valley is located on Kauai's west side, and is not far from Waimea Canyon,which in itself is a sight to behold. Actually, it has been called the "Hawaiian Grand Canyon" by many. I have been fortunate enough to have the best of both worlds as, I currently reside in Arizona, and consider Hawaii, as well as Sedona,AZ two very spiritual places to me!! Hawaii is my home away from home… Continue reading… 2 comments

Today, I want to write about something that I am very excited about. It is a new website that I have created for showcasing my original photographs in different formats. First of all, let me say that I will still be here at artid, and that will not change; but rather than limiting myself to showing my photograhy in the usual way, I will now be complimenting it, by allowing viewers to see it at it's best. The way that I am accomplishing this is that I am choosing different colored mats and frames for each photo that I take in order to show the viewer what it would look like, rather than just viewing my picture, plain vanilla...… Continue reading… 2 comments