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I grew up exploring the woods and ponds of Woodbury, Minnesota, where I currently live with my wife Tanya, daughters Emma and Hailey, along with our chocolate Lab Luna and black cat Marni.
I've been very active in running and cycling, but lingering knee issues have slowed these activities. Before my knee essentially ended my running career, I did achieve my goal in 2015, and completed the Twin Cities Marathon in under four hours.
I have also been a lifelong fisherman and was an active bird hunter when we had our first chocolate Lab Lexi. Time constraints with kids, work and life in general have slowed down my time outdoors. Luna joined our family in June of 2020 as an eight-week old puppy. I hope as my kids are getting older, Luna will be a great excuse for the family to spend more time exploring the outdoors, and to chase pheasant, grouse and ducks once again.
Spending time outdoors has always been important to me. Photography has been the bridge to getting back outside. I've found my photography passion led me to night sky photography. This has given me the freedom to explore dark areas under the stars, while the family sleeps. On my adventures I've had coyotes howl and bark at me. Pheasant have erupted in flight just feet in front while walking through through tall grass. Shooting the night sky over silent rivers, beavers have slapped their tale causing minor heart attacks. When the beaver remains unseen, it's just "Squatch throwing rocks".
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Getting away from the city lights and under dark skies opens up a whole new world. Staring up at the stars and planets and wondering what else is out there. The milky way core visits our skies from March to October.
Every month offers the opportunity to watch the queen of the night, our moon, rise and set. I look forward to adventures with Luna, to capture our lunar neighbor.
I'm not sure I can truly call myself a storm chaser, but severe weather is exhilarating to photograph. I love the interaction between science and art; to get to the right place at the right time. Shooting storms adds dramatic action and colors to images, but also gets the heart racing as menacing wall clouds rotate overhead and lightning fires across the sky.
With my busy schedule between family, work and life, landscape photography, much like fishing and hunting, typically requires early mornings and twilight evenings for the best light. I can be out before the family is awake or after the kids have gone to bed. An early alarm to catch the sunrise is definitely painful, especially in summer, but I think that adds to the appreciation of each new picture captured.