There are numerous
factors that influence a person's direction in life. Both the good and bad
environments have influenced my direction. Nearly every person met and known
by another, whether perceived as good or bad, shapes a life and influences
their behaviors. However there are those few individuals that contribute significantly to influencing
a person's life. Without that significant influence, outcomes would undoubtingly
be different. Here are a few people and environments that have significantly
influenced who I am today.|
- Mom, Dad and Immediate Family -- I
was raised on the family homestead in the mountains of western North Carolina.
A bit of the 'good ole days' in the middle of a modern society. My old fashioned
up-bringing instilled in me an acute sense for nature and a high powered work
ethic. I thank my mother and father for teaching me "how to learn" and passing
on to me the appreciation of nature.
- Coaches and Teachers -- Societies budgets has greatly diminished the
value of a great coach or teacher. I was fortunate enough as a boy to have
great baseball and football coaches that have significantly influenced
my life. Thanks for the trips to Dots Dario only if we won, and for
drawing the line in the sand against small odds. I have had numerous
categories of teachers growing up. Whether it was scouts, english teacher in high
school, or a professor in college, my teachers inspired and motivated me
to always keep learning.
- Caryn Martin
-- My wife has always been supportive of my love for capturing light and nature
on film. I would like to thank her for allowing all our extra money to be
spent on photography adventures. Thanks for waking up early in the morning
with me, sometimes as early as 3:00 AM, to catch that sunrise in sub-zero
degree temperatures, or wait hours for the perfect light even on a cloudy
day. Love you always.
- John Fielder -- Without
the inspiration of John Fielder's books and photographs, I would not have
been able to capture many of the photographs seen on this website. Thanks,
John, for inspiring me to become more intimate with nature, and "seeing the
light". Thanks for the times we have spent in the field together, it has truly
been worth it. And thanks for being such as strong advocate for the environment.
- I would also like to thank
all that have helped review the website.