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These are some of my favorite places, people and things. Since I live in the foothills between Oregon and Northern California (on the California side), many of my pictures are from this area. I try to attend car shows, air shows and any events in Chico.

Please check out my galleries over on smugmug as well at

After more than 30 years shooting Nikon, Canon, Minolta and Pentax film cameras, I moved to digital - and Canon - in 2005. I stayed with them through 3 body upgrades, moving to Nikon in 2008. Whether shooting the Canon 20, 30 or 40D or the Nikon D300, 7000 or 7100, I always maintained a stable of (ever-changing) top-end glass. From every Canon L series lens of less than 400mm to every gold-ringed Nikon of the same focal range, my bag weighed in more than I did. Things had to change.

That change was a move to micro four thirds. Shooting the Panasonic DMC-GX7, Panasonic 14-42 II, PanaLeica 25/1.4, PanaLeica 45/2.8 and the Panasonic 35-100/2.8. Light weight it was. Comfortable or fun to use? Not even a little. That lasted 6 months.

Never needing full-frame, I decided to go back to APS-C, but this time I would manage both GAS and weight a bit more realistically.

I'm back in black with a new D7100, plus a Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.0 OS 'C', Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 and Nikon 85/3.5VR macro. Bought the wife a D5300 to replace the D40 she'd outgrown (which sits in a bag as a backup with the Nikon 18-55/3.5-5.6 II attached). She also packs the Nikkor 70-300/4-5.6 VR and the rather surprisingly superb 18-140/3.5-5.6 VR.

I'd like to add a couple of short Sigma or Nikon f1.8 primes (28/30/35 & 85). And while I have no intent to go back to a bag full of f2.8 zooms and f1.4 primes, I do plan on the new Nikon 80-400VR, though.

That all said, I'm much more of a gearhead than photographer. I know that. I would trade everything...except the (insert current body here) and the (insert current favorite lens here) for just a shred of talent. Please, if you like what you see, sign the guestbook or leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!
:: People ::
:: Places ::
:: Events ::
Flowers and Macros
:: Flowers and Macros ::
Bird Shots
:: Bird Shots ::
Our Travels
:: Our Travels ::
Odd and Ends
:: Odd and Ends ::
My Weapons - Guns and Knives and Hammers...Oh My!
:: My Weapons - Guns and Knives and Hammers...Oh My! ::
At Home in Paradise
:: At Home in Paradise ::
:: Aquariums ::
Cars and Bikes
:: Cars and Bikes ::
The NorCal Fires of 2008
:: The NorCal Fires of 2008 ::