I started taking pictures in 1969 using an Olympus point and shoot camera after I set off for my B. Sc. degree in geology and mining engineering at the University of Nevada - Reno. I'd photograph the scenery as I made my way across the US from the eastern shore of Maryland where I grew up to Reno, Nevada where I went to school. I'd take a different route each way in the fall and spring, so that I could get to see as much of the US as possible, yet keep the trip as short as possible. I would backpack with friends in Death Valley National Monument or somewhere in the Inyo Mountains of CA during Spring break. I got to see big horn sheep, bristle cone pines, abandoned mines from the late 1890s, remains of a crashed bomber from WWII, and a lot of other unique things I took photos of.