Ever since I can remember my Dad has gone out west in the pursuit of hunting elk. He has yet to be successful in his efforts. Growing up he shared his passion with me for mother nature. Taking me fishing and hunting. Exploring the great outdoors and enjoying its beauty. Teaching me the workings of the world and how it is beautiful and that it is up to us to protect it. He has always wanted me to come with him. To explore the mountains of Colorado, sharing with me his passions.
He use to head out west with his best friend Art. They had worked together and hunted together for over 30 years. Back in 2008 my Dad lost his best friend to leukemia. I can still remember the day I got the phone call. Walking on campus and answering the phone. It was my mother, it was odd for her to call at this time of day. The moment I heard the shaking in her voice I knew something was wrong. Art had passed away. My heart just sank. See Art was almost like an uncle. He was at every family gathering and birthday party. It was a really tough time for my Dad and the entire family.
After Art had passed away my Dad and I became very close. I have talked to him every single day since then. We have become best friends. He is so passionate about hunting. It's not about the killing of the animal, in fact that is the part my Dad hates the most about the sport. It is his passion. To hunt, spend time outdoors, it is about keeping alive a tradition that got us to where we are today. I carry that same passion for landscape photography.
This year I have an opportunity to head out west with my Dad. To explore the mountains and the beauty of Colorado. This is something I have been waiting over half my life to do. I have created a sale in hopes to help save up for some of the gear I will need for this trip and to help with some costs so I can make it to as many locations as possible. My goal is to sell 20 prints by August 26th 2016. So far I have sold 4 prints as of 07/21/2016. Thank you to those of you who have become collectors. You not only have invested in my photography but also in nature, and in my goals. For that I am extremely thankful! I am hoping to sell the remaining 16 prints or more. You can save $50 using promo code: colorado.
Above is a shot I took when I was first getting into photography. My Dad has always said he can look into a fire and go back to any fire he has ever had. With family, friends, or on a solo trip out in the wilderness. He told me that the smell of a camp fire reminds him of Art. Just before taking this shot we had been discussing our adventures for the day. As the fire crackled and pop embers would float up with the heat dancing around the fire. As if they wandered around the fire long enough to hear our stories.
I want to thank those of you who support my photography and love my work. For those of you who share my photography with your family and friends. To those of you who become collectors and decorate your home or business with my photography. You help me achieve my goals and help me with my conservation efforts. Investing in the very thing that stands behind all of my passions in life, nature. Thank you!