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.
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During this Road Scholar program we visited many sites which helped to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln in central Illinois. We all went away with a better understanding and appreciation of President Lincoln and his achievements in a life too short.
In Springfield, Illinois, Road Scholar participants from around the country came together to learn of the life of Abraham Lincoln in his early years in central Illinois. Many field trips, speakers, and interactions later we all gained new respect for the Mr. Lincoln and his achievements. As always interactions with other participants along with great organizational leadership by the Lincoln Land Community Collage staff made this an Road Scholar experience that we will never forget. Thanks to all who contributed.
During this Road Scholar program we learned about the history of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. We also visited actual debate sites in Galesburg and Quincy, Illinois and had the opportunity to visit many other Lincoln sites in
Springfield, IL. A secondary topic of the program was the Underground Railroad.
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