I live in Lewiston, Maine and have for most of my life. I’ve always had an interest in nature; as a kid I read books by Edwin Way Teal, Rachael Carson, among others, and I used to love studying the Golden Nature Guides. When I got into photography it was natural for me to start photographing the natural world. A few years ago I got into kayaking and that allowed me to get to places I would never be able to by hiking or driving, islands off the coast of Maine or hidden coves on the Androscoggin River became accessable. Of course this gives me more photography oppurtunities and I tend to see more wildlife when I’m off the beaten path. I realized years ago you don’t have to travel to exotic locations to get good photographs. I have to admit I’m lucky to be living in a beautiful state with a lot of natural diversity and I’ve taken great pictures right in my own back yard and neighborhood.