About Me

Writing ~ Photography ~ Wilderness ~ Animals
I'm a Portland, OR based writer and photographer with a passion for wilderness and animals.  I've worked full-time in Animal Care for over a decade, and spend my free time in the wild, mostly playing in creeks and searching for waterfalls.

I am the author of Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, http://www.blurb.com/b/2964559-waterfalls-of-the-columbia-gorge, and was the Portland Outdoor Recreation Examiner and Portland Pet Examiner for examiner.com (until the site closed down in 2016). 

I also offer professional photography services, including portraiture, event and wedding photography, and hourly work. 

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Growing up in Montana and Wyoming, I fell in love with wild lands early. As a kid, I spent afternoons fishing the creek that ran through the 9,000 acre cattle ranch we lived on in the shadow of the Bridger Mountains.  Later, in high-school in Lander, WY, I learned to climb and went on my first National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)Course, a Wind River Wilderness Mountaineering expedition at seventeen.  At nineteen, while attending Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY, I climbed Alaska's Denali on an alumni expedition.

I earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Idaho in Moscow, and afterward migrated to Portland, OR area, where (except for a several month stint in Missouri's Ozarks) I have lived since. 

I've always felt a strong connection to, and love for, animals.  I've spent my professional life in the veterinary/animal care industry, working as an adoption counselor, animal care technician, animal care supervisor, shelter manager, and animal photographer.


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