Raised by a strong, artistic mother in the vast open spaces of South Dakota, I was taught to look at the closely at the world around me. I tend to look down to see the tiny details - and sometimes have to be reminded to see the mountain vistas. I have a background in science which helps me to find many things fascinating, that others might find unattractive (for examples spiders or dung beetles). So my photos often include surprising subjects. Please keep an open mind,and hopefully my pictures will let you see them as I do. I am also lucky enough to be a mother and teacher. Being around small children helped me as an adult to be reintroduced to the wonder of our world. And lastly, I'm very fortunate to have traveled the world with my husband's job. It is such and amazing world that I see. Hopefully my pictures reflect what I see and feel.