"The solace of gentle and fierce landscapes." I have never – even now – considered myself a “spiritual being." That said, in no small way, my early childhood Catholic education, military experiences, the cosmos, and over the last 20 years, American Indian/Alaskan Native encounters have ever so slowly influenced the way I live my life now. I was not transformed. There was no certain enlightenment or spiritual awakening. I have no essential printed creed (save Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”). The natural world and the cosmos, via the optical lens, have become my daily practice. In order to photograph, one must see, focus, and allow the light to illuminate. This is the way I see life now.