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.
On June 19-20,2008, I participated in a tour of Lincoln’s sites entitled “Riding the 8th Circuit with Lincoln“. Leading the tour was Guy Fraker, a noted attorney, author, and Lincoln scholar from Bloomington, Illinois.
The tour was expertly organized and managed by Judy Markowitz a tour leader also from Bloomington. As part of the tour we traveled for two days along a path likely traveled by Lincoln as he moved around the 8th Circuit. We visited five courthouse sites that Lincoln attended (including two that were still in their original location. It was a great experience and this photo gallery gives a brief look at sites we visited. Thanks to the organizers and to those who participated in the tour.
It was a great experience.
From 1830 until his election as President of the United States of America, Abraham lived mostly in the Springfield area. The photos in this photo gallery are mostly from Springfield and New Salem where he spent the bulk of his time. There are a vew show of courthouses where he practiced law in other regions of Illinois.
Lincoln was born in Kentucky on Feb. 12, 1809. This photo gallery shows photos related to the Sinking Spring farmsite which is part of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park near Hodgeville Kentucky where he lived his earliest years. There are also photos of his second homesite near Knob Creek.
After leaving Kentucky in 1816, Lincoln returned to Louisville, KY in his later years to visit the family of his best friend, Joshua Speed.
This gallery contains photos from each of these sites.
In studying the Lewis and Clark expedition, I discovered the importance
of William Clark's oldest brother in the history of the American Revolution
and in the history of Illinois territory. This photo gallery shows sites
where GRC visited in Illinois in the late 1700s.
In 2010 I attended an Elderhostel in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the author, Tony Hillerman. On my way to and from I visited and photographed sites along the historic trail. This photo gallery includes images from the Mountain Route from Lakin, Kansas to Cimarron, New Mexico.
In 2006, on my way to an Elderhostel in Council Grove, Kansas to study the Santa Fe Trail,
I decided to locate and photograph SFT sites from Old Franklin , Missouri to
Independence, Missouri. I have since traveler those roads for the second time. In 2009,
I attended a SFT Symposium held in Arrow Rock, Missouri which studied the SFT in Missouri.
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In 1838, the Federal government began the forced relocation from their homeland in Tennessee / Georgia to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Sixteen thousand Cherokee began the journey in 1838 and about one-fourth of those (mostly children and the elderly) perished on the journey. About 9,000 of those took the Northern Route to Oklahoma which passed through the southern tip of Illinois. While the journey across Illinois was only sixty miles long, because of delays caused by the freezing of the Mississippi River, more people died along this segment of the journey than anywhere else. In spring of 2011, I went to southern Illinois and tried to locate and photograph sites along the Trail of Tears in Illinois. This gallery represents a few of those.
From 2002 through 2007 I attended seven Road Scholar programs which had a Lewis and Clark theme.
While attending those programs, I followed and photographed the Lewis and Clark Trail from Louisville, KY to Fort Clatsop, Oregon. In the past few years, I have made over 40 PowerPoint presentations to groups about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The National Road began in the east as a way on connecting the Potomac RIver in Cumberland, Maryland with the Ohio River (ultimately in Wheeling, West Virginia). This part of the National Road features many more historic sites and stories about the National Road and also is the source for many stories about the earlier history of our great country. This gallery features National Road sites from Wheeling, West Virginia, through Pennsylvania and procedes in Maryland only as far as Cumberland.
In 1806 as the Lewis and Clark Expedition was returning from its journey west, Thomas Jefferson and his Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin were making plans for the nation's first federally funded highway.
The first leg of this road began in Cumberland, Maryland and traveled across the Appalachian Mountains to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). For that reason it was called the Cumberland Road OR the National Road. As construction approached Wheeling it was decided to continue the road westward through the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. In 1830 construction of the road in Illinois began. It would initially be built as far west as Vandalia, Illinois (the capital city of Illinois at the time) and eventually stretch westward to St. Louis.
Last year I traveled to Marshall, IL (where the National Road entered the state) and located and photographed National Road sites from Marshall to Vandalia. This photo gallery shows some of those historic sites.
After traveling and photographing the National Road in Illinois in the summer of 2011, I decided
that I wanted to followed the rest of the National Road from Indiana through Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and on to Cumberland, Maryland. This photo album shows some NR images encountered in Ohio. l
In 2004 on my way to Elderhostels in Montana, I decided to drive to those programs via the path
followed by many travelers along the Oregon-California Trail. I began in St. Joseph, Missouri and
followed trail sites to Pocatello, Idaho. After attending an Elderhostel in Dillon, Montana, I followed
the trail from Walla Walla, Washington to Oregon City, Oregon. These are some images from
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