My photo blog… visual thoughts around me.


Many people during the course of their lives, have experienced moments that remain imprinted on what I like to call our photographic senses. We often catch glimpses of pictures and visuals that help reawaken the images in our mind. Even though each one of us views a picture differently, for some it can help rekindle and bring back to life a special moment or at least give shape to a future journey.

My images have captured milliseconds of life and hopefully will give the viewer a feeling of breathing along with me.

I was brought up to pursue my dreams, and work hard towards my goal- which has always been in education. While pursuing my B.S. degree, I chose to take photography 101 as an elective, never thinking it would change the way I viewed life.

Through a great instructor, and hours of trial and error, I was able to gain experience in the darkroom. With this strong foundation, the way I viewed the world was forever changed.

52 responses

  1. Fotorys

    I see a lot of really good pictures.
    I wish you continue to enjoy the great joy of shooting.


    June 23, 2015 at 6:14 am

  2. Very nice blog -original and artistic photos! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    October 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

  3. Hi Mike,

    Love, love, love your photographs!!! Teach me something please? πŸ™‚

    Great spending time with you on Mt. Rainier last month. I hope you enjoyed yourself and come back to the Pacific Northwest again soon. Can’t wait to see what you post and how you finish what I’m sure will be awesome images.

    Keep shooting,



    September 6, 2014 at 1:21 am

    • Hey Chris… it was my pleasure and big thanks for taking the time to view my blog. That connection from photos to words is as important to me as I see in your work also.


      September 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

  4. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon

    Hello Mike,
    I happened to see you on another blog and it peeked my interest! I suffer from Agoraphobia with panic and viewing your beautiful photo’s make me feel I’m really outside enjoying all the wonderful places you have photographed! Thank you for that. You do awesome work! I’m a new follower, and I’ll be here often, if that’s OK with you!….LOL.

    Much Happiness,
    Author, Cat Lyon πŸ™‚


    June 27, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    • Great… glad to have you… sorry it took so long but i’m traveling now.


      July 1, 2014 at 6:06 am

      • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon

        Wish I was traveling…..LOL. Look forward to your posts!


        July 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

  5. Maggie Beck

    I am speechless after going through your Iceland photos (courtesy of a link on Facebook posted by a former student). Your work is vibrant, filled with the life and heart that every scene holds within. I look forward to following your work, as well as to being inspired and instructed through it. Best, Maggie


    February 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  6. Your photos are awesome…inspirational! I take photos, won’t say I’m a photographer, but enjoy it just the same.


    October 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    • That is the way it should be… have fun with it and ejoy what ever inspires you. Many thanks for the visit and comments.


      October 28, 2013 at 8:35 pm

  7. great..great..great..


    July 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

  8. katmcdaniel

    Hi Mike! I’ve given you the One Lovely Blog Award because your blog is a delight to my eyes and an inspiration to my spirit. I hope that you will consider this a big thank you and pay it forward to someone who delights you. If you aren’t into this sort of thing, then just know that someone out here admires your work.

    kat at synkroniciti


    July 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  9. Bro, the things you see and capture serves as an inspiration for us all. The world needs to have a piece of hope after all the tragedies it went through such the recent horror in Boston. Thanks for sharing a piece of light for others.


    April 16, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  10. Photography can indeed change life, the way of looking and experiencing it, the way of living it.. Great and inspiring pictures and blog!


    January 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

    • Big thanks for the visit and comment…. much appreciated!!!


      January 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

  11. There have been way too many moments in my life when I wished I had a camera on me but hadn’t. Like that sunset over a bleak Quebec winter scene in 2003 while I was driving towards a village. The sky was strewn with tiny, dark grey clouds which first turned pink and then dark sanguine before they slowly changed back to pink. Driving towards the sunset I had an uninterrupted view in which the changes happened within minutes. Out of the village angry, red flames shot into the sky, or so it seemed, and then I arrived and it was all over. But… it will be forever imprinted on my retinas.

    Your ‘photographic senses’ sparked off this memory.


    January 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    • Very happy to bring back that spark πŸ™‚
      Many thanks for the visual in your writing!!!!


      January 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  12. Bob Damato

    Mike that was a helluva workshop you participated in last Saturday Winning Photos. i greatly appreciated you taking time to share your art and expertise; believe me I know how valuable time is these days, especially at my age – having way more past than future. As a new member I have years of experience in shooting, developing and printing and now, I’m in the digital age. Thank you again and hope to talk w/you in the future.



    November 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    • Bob … really appreciate the kind words. I really believe we should all give back a little of what made it easier for us to do something. Email me anytime!!


      November 28, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  13. What do I think? Wow. Wonderful photos. I think you are a very talented and creative photographer. Look forward to seeing more of your work. πŸ™‚


    September 18, 2012 at 8:08 am

  14. Hiya Mike, simply stunning images, thanks for sharing.
    Hope you don’t mind another follower πŸ™‚


    September 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  15. layna

    Pics r awesome. My favorite is the lake reflection with the mountains in the background


    July 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    • Thanks so much for visiting my blog. Hope summer is treating you well.


      July 21, 2012 at 6:39 am

  16. I’m inviting/nominating you to a photo travel blog contest the 7 super shots I’d heard about, in you would like to be part of the details are on blog


    July 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

  17. i like your photographs very much.


    July 10, 2012 at 4:19 am

    • Thanks so much for the visit and follow… I try an post twice a month, so stay in touch and let me know what you think.


      July 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

  18. I see you’ve already been nominated for a “Versatile Blogger Award.” I mentioned you, too, in this morning’s post: Great blog!


    March 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    • Cathy … thanks so much… still trying to figure out how you are going to do your yearly project. I will be following along with you!!!


      March 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

  19. Mike your images are just awesome!!! Love to see sites like this that inspire you!.. Great Work…


    February 29, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • Hey Lavie… thanks so much for the visit and supportive comment…love your site too!!!!


      February 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm

  20. Hey Mike, fixed the link on the 7×7 award post. Sorry about that.


    January 29, 2012 at 11:21 am

  21. Hi Mike! I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Your blog is amazing! If you wish to accept, please visit the link below and post a comment to accept. Thanks and congratulations! Celeste


    January 23, 2012 at 2:17 am

  22. Blood-Ink-Diary

    Awesome photography! Your work literally ‘dances’ in your photo expression(s) — very gentle yet steadfast. Keep inspiring. Cheers and blessings for the new year to you.


    January 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    • Thank you so much for your comments…. I left a a more detailed reply on your blog.


      January 6, 2012 at 1:17 am

      • Blood-Ink-Diary

        Yes, I got the comment — very lovely and I am humbled. We shall surely ride the journey by feeding encouragement and inspiration to continue sharing our daily existence and experiences attached to individual journey. Keep clicking, dear friend.


        January 6, 2012 at 3:41 am

  23. I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award because your pictures inspire me.
    Check my blog for specifics!
    Have a magical holiday, my friend!


    December 21, 2011 at 10:31 pm

  24. I have never tried photography, but your skill at capturing unique moments is unparalleled and makes me want to give it a try. Thank you for following!


    December 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    • We are here ‘AZ’ to give and take….. errr, share and support πŸ™‚


      December 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm

  25. I believe you are a very talented photographer, all your pictures are always breath taking… i love your blog..Thats why i have put you in my list of the versatile blogger’s awards..


    September 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    • Thanks Abby… it’s an honor coming from someone who writes so eloquently.


      September 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm

  26. Eli


    This is Eli Simon I am the other owner of ACS. I read your post and think it is great. Would it be OK if we posted it on our blog? I hope the rest of your summer went well.


    Eli Simon
    Atlantic Climbing School


    September 9, 2011 at 8:13 am

    • Eli… not a problem at all…post away. Had a blast with Pete!!!


      September 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm

  27. I like the idea of capturing a special moment…I have been doing so with my wee camera for a while now. I enjoyed your images…


    August 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    • What a cool idea for a blog. I live in the state forest and can bike everywhere,thats the good news. Bad news is it would take 2hrs by bike to reach a small town πŸ™‚ Thanks for you comments.


      August 4, 2011 at 10:44 pm

  28. To say your photos are amazing isn’t enough…. they really are inspirational πŸ™‚


    August 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

    • Inspirational… what a nice thing to say. I feel humbled.


      August 4, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  29. Nav

    Your work has left me speechless…I am inspired to pick up my camera again when I go for my camping trips as well. Your shots of the national park, “when a place isnt just a place”, and the 2 horse shot from the cowboy album are my absolute favourite! Can’t wait to see what you will do next. Once again, some really great work and an inspiration for me! πŸ™‚


    August 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    • Thanks Nav.. I hope to be posting 2 times a month. I am glad you are going to pick up your camera. Inspiration goes both ways…make sure you share with me.


      August 4, 2011 at 1:32 am

    • Thanks so much Nav. I will be trying to post a least 2x a month depending on travel and certain destinations. The shots you remembered are very special to me also.


      August 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

  30. Reuben

    Wonderful to see your images of a creation far beyond even our imagining. I am from Mukilteo, Washington, but working in Saudi Arabia and so the images you capture give me a wonderful glimpse of home. And, remind me of how much I love it!


    August 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    • Hope you are having a good time and I am glad to bring a little of home back to you.


      August 4, 2011 at 10:48 pm

  31. Reuben

    Wonderful to see your images of a creation far beyond even or imagining. I am from Mukilteo, Washington, but working in Saudi Arabia and so the images you capture give me a wonderful glimpse of home. And, remind me of how much I love it!


    August 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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