I love taking photographs, because it enables me to connect with the world on a deeper level.

When I take a picture, I connect with my world three times.  The first connection happens when I compose and shoot the photograph.  The second connection happens when I critically review the picture to see what I shot.  The third connection happens when I use that picture in a project.

This triple connection burns the picture into my consciousness, and each time I review it I notice things that I didn't see the first or second time around.  I see my world in a different way.

In the twenty-first century, it's too easy to go on autopilot and live in a mindless manner.  You look at a tree without really seeing the tree and look at a flower without really seeing the flower.  You see your world, but don't connect with it at any significant level.

That's where photography can be such a help, because photographs helps you reconnect with life.

When I walked on top of the escarpment at Mitzpah Ramon Crater in Israel,  I noticed mountain goats just  below where I was hiking.  I casually acknowledged their presence without really seeing them.  But when I took out my camera, my interaction with this desert kingdom radically shifted in the direction of connecting with what was in front of my eyes.  The scales fell off my eyes, and I began to see.


I saw the King of the Mountain Goats quietly reclining on the edge of the escarpment surveying his domain.  The afternoon sun splashed across his face and horns, and he had a shaggy beard beneath his regal chin.  He was big and stocky with a beautiful fur coat, and his horns arched backwards in an impressive half circle.  I noticed the bands of dark color on his legs, and I suddenly paid attention to the rocky terrain in which he was resting.  I went from being a casual observer to a focused one, and I connected in a powerful way with his world.


The simple act of shooting a photograph radically shifted my awareness.  I went from a mindless existence to a mindful one.  Taking a picture of a mountain goat may not change my life, but it certainly makes me more aware of the world in which I live


Photographs are beautiful in their own right, but what's more important is those photos enable me to connect with my world on a mindful level.

When busy, important, and serious try to take over, and my life becomes an unfocused blur, it's time to take out my camera and shoot some photos that get things back in focus.  Living in a mindless manner isn't really living; it's just going through the motions.

If you see me out there somewhere, you'll probably see a camera in my hand, and now you know why.  My camera continually reminds me it's a beautiful world, and life is good.

Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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