A Novel Idea

Brunette Running on the Beach

With Storm Warning behind me my thoughts have turned to writing a novel that I’ve been kicking around for a while. It was cold and windy this morning and I was confronted with the idea of going out to find the deer, or to sit down and write the first. chapter. As one might guess, the story is about a photographer… but that’s all I’m going to say about it for a while 🙂 I’ve already noticed that my usual succinct style of getting to the point as quickly as possible isn’t really going to work when writing a novel. I’ve had to add entire layers of thought to the writing, What is said, who said it, what is thought and who is thinking about it.  My usual 500 words per chapter / post is going to have to balloon out to 5000 words words per chapter for a total of 30 to 50 thousand.  It’s going to be quite an experience and I’m sure it is going to consume me for the next few months! For today though, I got the first chapter written and am well on the way to packaging up a book proposal to send out to the publishers! Wish me luck!

Storm Warning

Also don’t forget to check out my books and calendars on Lulu Press and Amazon including my latest, “Storm Warning” and this year’s wildlife calendar “Colorado Wildlife 2023“! As always, the best of these images and hundreds more are available for purchase on my website For my viewers interested in images for commercial use, please visit my image licensing portal! Also, if you would like to see a more complete record of today’s images please follow my Instagram account!

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Coyote on the Hunt

New eBook Series: Activity Guide Books

I’m excited to announce my new series of eBooks on Amazon / Kindle called “Activity and Photography Guide Books”. In this series I will publish how to books chock full of images of all kinds of activities in the Great State of Colorado and beyond!

My first installation in this series is called Tunnel Quest and it is a tour guide of the railways as they wind through a myriad of tunnels in the Eastern Slopes of the Colorado Front Range! The book can be purchased for $2.99 as an eBook or read for free on Kindle Unlimited!

Tunnel Quest Book Cover


Now Available in Paperback

I’m pleased to announce that the paperback manuscript for “Wildlife Photography in the Colorado Rockies” has been approved for sale at both Amazon and Lulu Press! Of course the book is also still available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited for those of you who enjoy doing your reading there.

In this book I reveal my techniques for shooting artistic image of wildlife in the Colorado Rockies, including camera settings and artistic tips and best practices! Just click the links to view!

Elk Herd on a Beautiful Rocky Mountain Evening

Teach Us to Profit

Again today I awake early in the morning just as I did yesterday, stunned that it is possible to feel so terrible so early. It has been a long dry spell in the picture taking business, so many miles on the trail with so little to show for it. I have heard it said many times, “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” and I am starting to believe that! It seems to be getting harder and harder to get up that mountainside in search of elusive wildlife for the stock photography portfolio. Decided maybe it would help to start the day with a prayer and my morning prayer reminded me of one of my favorite Bible verses from the book of Isaiah, “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.“. Good words I thought.

Gloomy-PeakYesterday I could not face the climb, and I remembered the words of the great Ansel Adams, “Do not confuse hiking with photography, a picture from the road is as good as one you’ve hiked miles to get.”, or something close to that anyway. More good words of wisdom to live by, maybe I should find a less strenuous method of getting pictures once in a while to give these old bones a rest! It was weights day, so I wandered into the gym to complete that regular activity, hoping that I would find some inspiration afterwards.

Still nothing, but I had some time to kill before lunch and decided to stop in at the library and look at the latest “Outdoor Photographer” Mag to get caught up on the latest equipment and  techniques, plus I enjoy sitting in the reading room and looking out at the awesome view of the big mountain available from there. The effects of an approaching storm were already enveloping the peak yesterday morning as snow and fog had begun to roll in. Nothing too earth shaking in the world of photography, the Canon 80D is out, but not significantly improved over the 70D I’m already shooting with, not enough anyway to get excited about purchasing a new camera.

So I wandered over to the book section to see if there were any new photography books, the photography section at the Woodland Park Library is woefully under stocked 😦 On my way out of the section I noticed the writing section, particularly the 2014 Writer’s Market Handbook. I’ve been an avid reader of the Photographer’s Handbook but I’ve never looked at the version for writers, so I thought, “Why not?”! The book is huge and I didn’t get a whole lot out of it, other than the realization that I am clearly not putting enough emphasis on profit from my writing. As of late, from my site statistics I have discovered that my writing receives way more attention than my picture posts do so it occurred to me that I need to put some thought to this matter and resolved to do so at the earliest possible convenience.

Well as it turned out, yesterday was an incredibly slow day and that opportunity presented itself in the afternoon. I have long been intrigued by a phrase I saw a while ago, “monetizing your blog”. Monetizing sounds good… I’m definitely in need of some monetizing.  So after some cursory research it became apparent that my “free” WordPress account was probably not going to be adequate so I took the major step I’ve been kicking around for awhile, which was to get a custom WordPress domain name and with it the capability of installing some income stream plugins, the first of which I applied for immediately.

So even though the old body is still feeling the effects of too many miles on the trail, I start out this day with new hope that one of my favorite passages in the Bible will be applied to my life and that yesterday was a day when “the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.“.