Solitary

Solitary

This is Alberta's famous Burmis Tree, the most photographed tree in Alberta, Canada. It is a limber pine that died in the late 1970s after losing its needles. Limber pines are long-lived and known to survive harsh conditions. The Burmis Tree was estimated to be between 600 and 750 years old, and th...

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Hopelight

Hopelight

I was inspired by the power of the sea and the beauty of the lighthouse at Yaquina Head, Oregon.

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Deadly Duo

Deadly Duo

I was inspired by the pair of bald eagles who live at the Phoenix Zoo. I decided to place them in a more appropriate setting for their portrait, and used a photo I took on the Columbia Icefields in Alberta, Canada as the background, and added more branches from another photo I took in Alberta. No...

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Charge!

Charge!

This is LuLu, and she is a beauty who lives at the Phoenix Zoo. I thought a sense of motion was called for, so I put her in motion! This image won an Honorable Mention at the Light, Space & Time "Animals" International Juried Competition in the Photography/Digital category. There were 674 entries...

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Flamingo Solo

Flamingo Solo

This gorgeous flamingo posed so nicely for me, and I couldn't have been more pleased with the light, the colors, and the overall tone of the photo. This lovely creature lives in a large group of flamingos at the Phoenix Zoo.

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Approaching Storm (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse)

Approaching Storm (Peggy's Cove Lighthouse)

Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia is one of the most picturesque places I've ever visited, and a worldwide recognizable lighthouse. We visited on a bright, sunny day, with lots of tourists crawling all over the rocks. I took all the tourists out, brought in a storm I photographed that was brewing near...

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Botanical Beauty - Agave

Botanical Beauty - Agave

A walk through the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix allowed me the pleasure of photographing this succulent. I was mesmerized by the shape and color of this plant, and am very pleased with the results. I have trimmed it square to retain the shape and spirit of the image.

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Lyrical - Agave

Lyrical - Agave

This was another agave plant I had the pleasure to photograph at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. The curves and color absolutely captivated me. Nature is a wonderful inspiration...the supreme artist.

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Dreaming in Color

Dreaming in Color

On a trip back from Nova Scotia to Labrador, we traveled the coast of New Brunswick north into Quebec and came across Perce' Rock, which is a huge, narrow rock that juts out into the sea. I love the natural arch in the rock. If you have the opportunity, it's a long drive to get there, but it is t...

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Poison

Poison

This is meant to represent a woman both escaping from and being held back by life, represented by the ivy. This image earned an Honorable Mention in the Photography and Digital Art category of the Light, Space and Time Gallery's annual "Figuratives" competition in 2017, for which I was deeply hon...

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Succulence

Succulence

A succulent from the Desert Botanical Gardens. I just love the smoothness of the "petals" and the spiky edges. The colors of this plant just blew me away.

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Butterfly Fantasy

Butterfly Fantasy

The Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix has a butterfly pavilion for only a few months a year, while migrating butterflies come through. It's a truly marvelous place, and the butterflies don't seem t mind posing for you.

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The King

The King

I will admit it....I love the lion who lives at the Phoenix Zoo. He is absolutely magnificent, and makes for a wonderful subject. I wish the cheetahs were as cooperative!

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Dance

Dance

This piece was inspired by the setting in Spain, then I added the lovely dancers digitally. I wanted the overall feel to be a juxtaposition of the hard brick walls and gritty look with the lovely soft curves of the dancers. This piece was awarded a Special Merit Award in the Photography and Digit...

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Stormy

Stormy

An ocean storm was rolling in to the coast of Newfoundland, and the clouds looked as beautiful as they were scary. This image was chosen by Readers Digest Canada as their Facebook banner for their Our Canada magazine page on October 7, 2016, and was featured in Our Canada magazine in the January 20...

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Dreamlike

Dreamlike

This was inspired by a photograph I took during a ferry crossing to Vancouver Island. I wanted to make a dreamlike, soft art piece out of it, to show off the beautiful sunset and pillowy sky. I think this would look great in a family room or bedroom.

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Curiosity

Curiosity

I took this picture during another of my trips to the Phoenix Zoo. I absolutely love giraffes! They have such inquisitive faces, so sweet. I wanted the giraffes to really stand out against their background. This art piece was featured in the December 2016 issue of "Living the Photo Artistic Life...

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The Dream of the Toy Sheep

The Dream of the Toy Sheep

Did you ever wonder what a toy lamb might dream about? I think the dream would be wacky and whimsical. This would look wonderful on a child's wall. This image was part of the ShiftArt.com challenge for February 2017, where it was honored by the judges.

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Unlikely Pals

Unlikely Pals

This was inspired by a walk through the Phoenix Zoo with my daughter. This magnificent beauty was regally perched, too beautiful not to photograph. I decided to juxtapose him (or her) with a very unlikely pal, and turned the rather blah background into a lush paradise.

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Moonlight Call

Moonlight Call

This gorgeous lion lives at the Phoenix Zoo. I wanted to portray him in what would be more of his natural environment, to allow his spirit to be free.

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Burmis at Sunset

Burmis at Sunset

This is the most photographed tree in Alberta, Canada, the Burmis Tree, a limber pine that died in the late 1970s after losing its needles. Limber pines are long-lived and known to survive harsh conditions. The Burmis Tree was estimated to be between 600 and 750 years old. I took this picture at sun...

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Low Tide

Low Tide

I was fascinated by the boat docks in Nova Scotia along the Bay of Fundy, where there can be an eighteen foot difference in the tide on any given day. At some point during the day, the proud owner of this boat wouldn't need to use those ladders, but for most of the day, it's a climb in and out of h...

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Trapped

Trapped

The inspiration for this piece was a photo I took while waiting for the ferry from Newfoundland to Labrador. This is a pile of lobster traps, and I just loved the symmetry of it, so I turned it into a piece of digital art. This piece was awarded a Special Recognition Award for the Photography and...

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Alberta Farm

Alberta Farm

On a cross-country trip from Labrador to British Columbia, we saw so many lovely old farms on the prairies, and this one really inspired me. The buildings were old and falling apart, but someone still farms the land and obviously loves the place.

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Cape Spear Lighthouse Sunset

Cape Spear Lighthouse Sunset

This is Cape Spear Lighthouse, the easternmost point in North America, and one of the most beautiful sites for a lighthouse in the world.

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Out of the Fog

Out of the Fog

This was taken at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the easternmost point of North America. The day was lovely and bright, but I decided that considering the long history of the area and some of the great ships that have come in and out of St. John harbor, I figured one ghost ship might be appropriate. Th...

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Headbanger

Headbanger

I was lucky enough to get very close to this handsome guy in Radium Springs, British Columbia. I didn't like the background, so I dropped in a new one before texturizing and doing some digital painting. I think he's gorgeous, but I have to admit I was a bit nervous to get so close to him - this wa...

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Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor

This was taken on the road north of Elkford, British Columbia. The road eventually leads to Elk Lakes Provincial Park, and is well worth the drive. On this day, I was mesmerized by the bursts of color everywhere. Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year!

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Spectacular Sunset

Spectacular Sunset

Labrador has gorgeous, very long sunsets. This was hands down the prettiest one I have ever seen, and the sky looked like this for over an hour. I truly believe Nature is the best artist.

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Glorious

Glorious

This photo was taken on Shabogamo Lake in western Labrador. During the summers, for several weeks the sun sets but there is a glow that moves around the southern horizon until it is time for the sun to rise again, at about 4 a.m. Sunsets in the summer seem to last for an hour or more, just a delig...

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The Pern Novels

The Pern Novels

Anne McCaffrey has written delightful stories about dragons and their riders, and their fight to preserve their planet from the ravages of Thread for decades. These wonderful stories are such a pleasure to read, and her characters are so likable. After reading her novels, you'll want your own drag...

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Thumbelina

Thumbelina

One of the all-time classic children's books, "Thumbelina" by Hans Christian Andersen is a great adventure and a wonderful tale that still reads well today.

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The Art of War

The Art of War

"The Art of War" by Sun Tzu is a masterpiece guide to warfare. It is still being widely read and used in the business world as well as being taught in military strategy courses, hundreds of years later.

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The Mists of Avalon

The Mists of Avalon

Arthurian legend has always been a fascination of mine. There are many versions of the story, written over the past few centuries, but rarely is there something entirely unique. "The Mists of Avalon" by Marion Zimmer Bradley is an incredibly unique version, told from Arthur's half-sister Morgana's...

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Terry Goodkind Novels

Terry Goodkind Novels

My favorite fantasy series is the Sword of Truth series of books by Terry Goodkind, starting with "Wizards First Rule" and ending with "Confessor". There are also several other Richard and Kahlan books that followed the original series, a prequel novel, a novella, a modern interpretation of the Swo...

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The Shining

The Shining

My favorite Stephen King novel, "The Shining" is the story of a man slowly going mad, while his family is trapped with him in a haunted hotel. The book is based upon Stephen King's real-life experience at the Stanley Hotel.

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Dune

Dune

"Dune" by Frank Herbert is my favorite novel. It is the "Lord of the Rings" of science fiction, a product of the great mind of Frank Herbert. To my great delight, Frank's son now carries on his tradition and has written prequel trilogies that are amazing in their own right. In this image, I show...

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Old Possom's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possom's Book of Practical Cats

By T.S. Eliot. Not only is this book a wonderful book of poetry and storytelling in its own right, but it was also the basis for the hit Broadway musical, "Cats", one of the longest-running shows ever. The cats have charming names like Mr. Mestoffelees, Mungojerrie, Rum Tum Tugger and Macavity.

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Heidi

Heidi

"Heidi" by Johanna Spyri is one of the most beloved children's novels ever written. It is the story of a young girl and her life while living with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps, and for a time living in the city with her aunt, Dete, and a girl she cares for named Clara. It is beautifully writt...

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Iceberg

Iceberg

Clive Cussler is a prolific writer of adventure novels, many of which star a character named Dirk Pitt. In "Iceberg," Dirk Pitt is summoned from his vacation on the sunny beaches of California and sent to the Arctic when an iceberg is discovered that contains the remains of a missing luxury yacht....

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