I caught the bug when I was 12. Nervously waiting for a dentist,
I searched for a distraction. Among the magazines lying about was a monthly National Geographic. Its cover was about an African tribe. Many fascinating stories about other cultures followed. The more I read, the more I wanted to visit with and photograph other cultures, in their environments, we share the planet with!
Publications, especially with photographs of other lifestyles, became regular reading. Successful studies of photography were followed with many professional assignments: capturing images of hot air balloons for the 1981 U. S. National Hot Air Balloon Championship posters being one. While working on this project, I enjoyed my first hot air balloon ride. Before that flight ended, committed to becoming a balloon pilot I was! Shortly after earning my commercial pilot rating, I began seeking opportunities for my passions: fly hot air balloons and photograph the cultures and environments I flew in.
One day I received a call offering me an opportunity to do just that: fly passengers about the Maisa Mara game park in Kenya, East Africa. I well remember getting to know African cultures I had read about in that dentist's office many years before! As for elephants, lions, zebras - animals most only see in zoos: just meters from the tent I lived in!
Three decades flying balloons about North Africa, the Middle East, Australia, all about Europe and America followed.
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