The environment had never been a great concern of mine, that is until I discovered our "Acker Woods." It was always something for someone else to be involved with and as long as it didn't affect my world, then folks could say or do what they wanted about it. I guess I was secretly amused by those who saw the way we live as an endangerment to our planet. But, then, early this year, I started my daily walks in the woods. Our new little Lab pup needed excercise and the trails in the woods were the logical place to walk him, along with our other dogs. I remember our first excursion off our "two-track" main road into the deeper part of the woods. I was on a path I'd really never experienced before. The were sights I was seeing for the first time in over 40 years. It was an experience I'll never forget. It was then I knew that I needed to do my little part to show "our" woods to others. To let them see the beauty, the splendor and the majesty of this environmental treasure. So, the next day I took one of the cameras with me and started this photographic collection. Some day this natural environment may be gone. And when it is, then the foxes, the deer, the racoons, the sknuk, the birds and all the other creatures we treasure will be gone with it. I can't document the whole world, but, I can and am documenting "The Acker Woods." It is the one thing I can do. And maybe that is what we should all do, seek to preserve the environment where we are, today. And if we all do that, then the danger to our planet will be reduced.
Biography: I began taking photographs many years ago when I was a kid. My Uncle owned a couple of Leica 35mm cameras and once or twice he let me take pictures with them and that was when my love for photography began. Since that time I have owned many cameras of all types and sizes. Along the way I spent almost two years at Lansing Community College, majoring in photography. I learned to "make" photographs and not just "take" photographs. Since that time I shot for several weekly newspapers, real estate magazines and did freelance work. I shot people, places, things, sports and more. However, I never really found the passion for one particular subject. In February 2003 I married my school sweetheart, retired in October and moved back to Michigan to her beautiful little A frame, nestled on two acres, in a northwest Michigan woods, near a private lake. After living in Florida cities for the past twenty-five years, I was in heaven. I have now found a real passion for photography, the woods. It is a magical, mystical, ever changing place with something new to photograph every day. Each morning the dogs and I head out for an hour or so in the woods surrounding our home, not only for the exercise we all need, but to see what there is to photograph. And every day we find something new. It may be the way the light falls on a leaf, the little "black and white" stripped kitty that has managed to spray Brandi Sue a couple of times. It could be the way the branches sweep together in a pattern I never noticed before. Whatever it is, it is exciting, fresh and new.
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