|Message from garyrhall
I purchased my first SLR camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in 1970 and immediately became hooked on photography. In those early years, I learned the basics of photography through courses at Sheridan College and Humber College. Although photography continued to be an important part of my life, through the years it took a back seat to family and career. In the late '90s as I was planning for retirement, I traded in my Pentax for a Canon, took a few more courses at Humber College and once again immersed myself in my beloved hobby. Although engaging in a wide range of photographic activities, my love of animals, science and the outdoors led to my passion for nature and wildlife photography.
I've had the good fortune to pursue wildlife photography through several trips to the Rockies as well as excursions to East Africa, Patagonia, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica.
A second passion of mine is hiking. I am a member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy, and volunteer as a hike leader and trail maintenance worker with the Caledon Hills Bruce Trail Club. While leading or participating in hikes, I am always accompanied by at least one camera and enjoy recording the beautiful scenery along the hiking trails of Southern Ontario.
I live in the Town of Caledon, a rural community northwest of Toronto with my wife, Sheilagh, as well as our three cats and a dog. Our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren live near by.