"Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me."
Imagination and daydreams gave me strength and hope as a child. The phrase, "One day...", became a necessary coping skill. Growing up on a farm in rural North Carolina (before the internet), my exposure to many of the places seen in these galleries came from my grandfather's magazines. I would get lost in the pictures in National Geographic, Field & Stream and North Carolina Wildlife Magazine, spending hours just imagining... and thinking "One day..." Like many of us, that "One day.. " came; but so did life, and imagination and daydreams were overshadowed and taken for granted.
Thankfully, somewhere along the way, I found my inner child again and found Imagination and daydreams to be just as powerful coping skills for me today as they were then. After major lifestyle changes, career changes and soul searching, my inner child's passions for adventure, exploration and appreciation for wildlife and nature are now my uncompromisable personal values. I've never been happier.
These images are merely expressions of my imagination and daydreams and it is my hope that someone will find a little inspiration and appreciation for a real "wild" life in these galleries. Perhaps they may remind someone of their inner child and be a catalyst for their own self reflection. Or ... maybe they will will just think one is "pretty" and buy it for their home or office! Either way, I am honored you are here and personally invite you to use your imagination and do a little daydreaming!
My Personal Galleries
Without shame, I use the cliche "a picture is worth a thousand words" and share my Personal Galleries here to better "paint a picture" of my passion for the wilderness and adventure. These pictures are a reflection of what inspires me, teaches me, and feeds my soul (and belly- see Fishing lol).
Lessons I've Learned By Being True To Myself
-Backpacking teaches me to slow down and apply the mindfulness techniques I value in everyday life; truly giving meaning to the phrase, "be in the now, know where your feet are."
-My Malamute, Sonja, has taught me the importance of companionship and unconditional love. Spending a year as a volunteer animal handler with Therapy Animals of Utah not only reinforced this lesson, but showed the amazing healing power animals possess.
-Working with wolves at the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center shortly after losing my brother to the opioid epidemic, taught me how to mourn, as well as how animals and humans can often be misunderstood and unfairly portrayed and perceived.
-Working with horses in an equine therapy setting continues to instill a deep appreciation for the healing gifts and life lessons animals have if we are willing to accept and learn.
-Fishing... well I just love to fish .... of course there are many life lessons found in this pastime.