Since my retirement, my passions are nature photography (especially bird photography), landscape photography, and travel photography.
I have traveled and photographed sites along the Lewis and Clark Trail, the Oregon Trail, the Mormon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Bozeman Trail. I have photographed Abraham Lincoln sites throughout Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Most recently I have begun visiting and photographing Civil War battlefields and museums throughout the country
My bird and wildlife photography has taken me to sites throughout the state of Illinois and also to sites throughout the state of Florida.
I have participated in 50 Elderhostel / Road Scholar programs throughout the country and many of my photo galleries shows memories of those wonderful experiences.
I am a lucky man to have had a job that I loved teaching biology in high school for 33 years and now I love my travel and photography "retirement". Please enjoy my photo galleries.
In April of 2014 I did my 51st Road Scholar Program in Williamsburg, Virginia. Our topic for the week was the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. During the week we visited sites where these historic battles occurred.
The photos are arranged into four categories arranged by the day of activities:
On Day 1 (D1) we visited Fort Monroe in Hampton Virginia
On Day 2 (D2) we visited the Mariner's Museum in Newport News and Yorktown, VA.
On Day 3 (D3) we visited sites around Williamsburg itself (with a free afternoon).
On Day 4 (D4) we visited sites are Gaines Mill, Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, and Berkeley Plantation.
It was a great program and I recommend it highly for Civil War enthusiasts.
In March of 2014 I attended this program studying Vicksburg, Mississippi and the Battles and Siege which occurred there. It was an excellent program: we visited sites where battles occurred prior to the siege, visited the state capital in Jackson which was almost destroyed during the war, and toured the actual battlefield site in Vicksburg. We also dined a many sites which were antebellum homes and buildings now functioning as bed and breakfasts or restaurants. Our leaders were very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic, and very well organized, The participants were also interesting and friendly. Thanks to all for a great Road Scholar experience.
In June of 2009, eighteen dedicated Road Scholars gathered at Chadron State College to learn
about the history and culture of the Lakota tribe. During our programs we visited historic sites on the Pine RIdge Reservation as well as Fort Robinson and the Museum of the Fur Trade. This site is dedicated to those who attended the Road Scholar program and to Shellie Johns and Connie Frandson who planned and coordinated this outstanding learning experience.
I arrived early to Nebraska and spent a few days photographing wildlife, waterfalls, and landscapes
of northern Nebraska. If you would like to see some of those photos, please go to Wildlife Photography: Northern Nebraska. Thanks for visiting this site.
In September of 2010 eighteen participants enrolled in this Road Scholar program to learn about the Western Forts and Indian Battles. During the program we visited Fort Robinson in Nebraska, Fort Laramie in Wyoming, and Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota. We also visited the Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron and the sites of the Warbonnet Skirmish in western Nebraska and the Wounded Knee Massacre site on the Piine Ridge Reservation. This Road Scholar program was unique because almost all participants were from the midwest and it is the first Road Scholar program (this was my 42nd overall) where men outnumbered women (10 to 8).
It was a great experience.
At Charlottesville the theme was Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. Through excellent presenters and tours to the plantations of all three Presidents I learned a great deal about these Presidents. We also toured the University of Virginia and Michey Tavern.
In addition to Road Scholar activities I also visited Jefferson's Poplar Forest Plantation in Lynchburg, the Madison Museum in Orange, VA and the Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg. The photos in the gallery are labeled as follows:
JE - Monticello JEPF - Poplar Forest MA - Montpelier MAN - Madison Museum.
MO - Ash Lawn MOM - Monroe Museum MI - Michey Tavern
In August of 2009 I attended my 39th Road Scholar program. We stayed in Erlanger, KY (across the Ohio River from Cincinnati) and enjoyed many programs and activities which gave us insight to the interesting history of steamboats, the Ohio RIver and the settling of the Cincinnati area. With nearly forty participants, it was one of the largest Road Scholar programs I have attended, but it was wonderfully organized and we all learned a great deal. A reminder to participants send me your mailing address if you would like me to send you a CD with many more images from the program.
My 47th Road Scholar experience was a three-day program in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The theme was the historic three-day Battle of Gettysburg. For each of the three days we took guided visits to the battle sites which occurred on each of the three days of the battle. In addition, we visited the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, toured the Shriver House (a local family who survived the battle), were entertained with Civil War ear music, and were treated to a Living History presentation. We stayed in the historic Gettysburg Hotel on the square.
In August of 2012 I attended a second Road Scholar program in Great Falls, Montana. The program themes were Lewis and Clark, Charles M. Russell, and the Blackfeet Indians. Five days of talks by marvelous and informative lecturers followed by field trips to historic Fort Benton, MT, the First Peoples Buffalo Jump, the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center, Big Stone Hutterite Colony, the Charles Russell Museum and a boat trip through the "Gates to the Mountains" made this a memorable and educational experience. The enthusiastic and friendly participants and wonderful leadership lead to the success of this program. I especially hope participants will enjoy looking back at just a few of our experiences. Enjoy!
In October, 2011 I attended an Road Scholars program in Hiawassee, Georgia. The program included some great Appalachian History, Music, and Folklore by our leader, Lee Knight as well as trips to the Cherokee County Museum in Murphy, NC, a trip to the Cherokee Tribal Museum in Cherokee, NC, a picnic lunch
in the Smoky Mountain National Park, and a one-mile walk along the Appalachian Trail. The highlight for most of us was a picturesque train ride in the Smoky Mountains to Fontana Lake across the Fontana trestle.
A great time was had by all.
In March of 2009 I participated in a Road Scholar program in Lafayette, Louisiana about Cajun Culture. This gallery contains some of the images of activities which were part of this program. It is dedicated to our leader and the 43 other participants of this wonderful Road Scholar experience. Note to participants: the CD I will send you will have more images and background music. Thanks for being part of the Elderhostel.
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In May, 2013 I attended my 46th Road Scholar program in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The themes of the Road Scholar program were the Natural Bridge phenomenon itself and "Civil War Battle Sites in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition, Lexington, Virginia (about 12 miles away) is the site of Virginia Military Institute where Stonewall Jackson taught, Washing and Lee College (where Robert E. Lee was president) as well as Stonewall Jacksons home and burial site and I spent time there. Battle sites visited included Port Republic, Harrisonburg, VA, and New Market (both the museum and the Bushong Farm). Upon arriving early I was also able to visit
the Cyrus McCormick Farm site, Wade's Mill, and Lace Falls along the Natural Bridge Trail.
An excellent Road Scholar experience primarily due to Mitchell Kramer, an excellent leader. The best Road Scholar I've attended (out of 57).
Photos in this categories are classified under the following:
C - Clivedon an estate involved in the Battle of Germantown.
GW - Home of General Anthony Wayne.
IP - Independence Plaza, OT = Old Town
RWM - Revolutionary War Museum . VF = Valley Forge
WC - Washington's Crossing Sites WE - home of Peter Wentz where Washington stayed.
In June of 2011 I attended my 42nd Road Scholar (Elderhostel ) program in Rapid City, SD. During this excellent photography program we were taken to many wonderful sites with photographic potential. WIth wonderful leadership by Marilyn Hovland and great photographic suggestions and education by local photographer Dick Kettlewell, we were able to capture many great images. A few of mineare found in this photo gallery. To Road Scholar particlpants, I know we visited Devil's Tower on a cloudy; the next day I headed west to the Bighorn Mountains and I stopped again at Devil's Tower on a day with sunshiine.
Thanks to all participants for adding to my great experience.
In Summer of 2013 I attended my 48th Road Scholar program at Richmond, VA where we examined "Richmond in the Civil War". Despite some problems with "Government Shut Down" and no photography limitations, it was an excellent experience with great leadership and wonderfully informed lecturers and guides. The participants were friendly and enthusiastic.
The photos are arranged into four categories:
DR = Drewry's Bluff
MOC = Museum of the Confederacy, Confederate Whitehouse, and VA Historic Museum
TIW = Historic Tredegar Iron Works.
VSC = Virginia State Capitol.
This was a fine Road Scholar program in Santa Fe, New Mexico where we discussed the books of Tony Hillerman and visited some of the places cited in his books. The highlights of the program were the appearances of Anne Hillerman, Tony's daughter discussing her father and a trip to downtown Santa Fe where our leader pointed out places mentioned by Hillerman in this books.
On my way to and from Santa Fe for this Elderhostel I visited and photographed sites along the historic Santa Fe Trail. I traveled the Cimarron Cutoff route on my way there and the Mountain route on my way home.
In April of 2012, I attended an Elderhostel near Sharpsburg, Maryland which focused on Civil War Battle
sites in the Shenandoah Valley. During the program we toured and learned about battles at Antietam (A),
Harpers Ferry (HF), Manassas (M), and miscellaneous other battle sites (Misc). This photo gallery includes some photos from all the sites.
For my 49th Road Scholar I decide to return to Sharpsburg, Maryland. This time the overall theme was
TRANSPORTATION. Despite some problems with "government shut down", the staff did an excellent job of finding interesting and exciting transportation alternatives.
The participants were flexible, interesting, and enthusiastic. Thanks to excellent leadership and great guest speakers, the program was very well done.
In January, 2009 I attended the "Fins & Feathers" Road Scholar programl at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.
As part of this program we examined the history and wildlife of the St. Petersburg - Tampa area. In this photo gallery are samples of some of the activities we engaged in during the experiencel.
While attending this program I spent time photographing birds. Soon to be added the website, will be another photo gallery
entitled "Bird Photos in St. Petersburg".
Following the St. Petersburg Elderhostel, I attended the Space Coast Birding Festival held in Titusville, Florida.
Again I will soon add another photo gallery which will feature photography taken at the festival and will be entitled "Bird Photography at the Space Coast Birding Festival (2009)".
Enjoy this photo gallery and plan to return to the site later for added photo galleries.
In this, my 58th Road Scholar program the emphasis was early U.S. History. We spent two days at Jamestown, two days at Colonial Williamsburg, and one day in Yorktown. I then spent three additional days revisiting some of the sites. Photos in this Gallery are labeled as follows: J = Jamestown Island where archeological digs were made. JS = Jamestown Settlement - a 16th century replica village. W = Colonial Williamsburg. Y = Yorktown Battlefield and Visitor Center YRWM = Yorktown Revolutionary War Museum
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