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Life, much like art, is a series of happy accidents.

My teenaged son and I arrived in the Pacific Northwest after living and working for seven years in Japan. It took a little adjustment. But no matter where you go in this world, people really aren't so different. We're more the same than not. Fuji and the mountains of Japan were no longer available to us but we had the Olympics, Cascades and the enchanted Rain Forests of this beautiful magical wilderness area.

We fell head over heels in love with the mountains, forests and all that lay within. Once we realized how interrelated the trails are in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the more we wanted to spend time exploring... going from one trail to another. How easy it would be to dive into the mountains and the forests to stay submerged indefinitely. It makes me wonder how often that has happened. Some…

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  • Born on September 14
  • Joined April 24, 2010

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Black and white photography, wildlife and nature, macro images, charcoal and pencil sketches, pen and ink

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About

Life, much like art, is a series of happy accidents.

My teenaged son and I arrived in the Pacific Northwest after living and working for seven years in Japan. It took a little adjustment. But no matter where you go in this world, people really aren't so different. We're more the same than not. Fuji and the mountains of Japan were no longer available to us but we had the Olympics, Cascades and the enchanted Rain Forests of this beautiful magical wilderness area.

We fell head over heels in love with the mountains, forests and all that lay within. Once we realized how interrelated the trails are in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the more we wanted to spend time exploring... going from one trail to another. How easy it would be to dive into the mountains and the forests to stay submerged indefinitely. It makes me wonder how often that has happened. Some people preferring the company of the trees, the solitude of the hills, the music of the streams and rivers. People seek the healing powers of nature, the clean air and sunshine, the rigorous demands on the body, as purification. Some may prefer to remain enveloped in the arms of our mother earth, swaddled in the bosom of the hills.

I felt compelled to chronical our adventures on the trails. So armed with a backpack and a camera my son and I set about exploring the incredible Washington State Parks and National parks.

Originally from Louisiana, my years in the Navy allowed me the opportunity to live in a variety of diverse locations around the US and the world. Okinawa, Japan and Yokosuka, Japan have been our favorite places.

Always drawing since a child, I was inspired by my parents, both accomplished artists. Momma, Nina Moates Magers, graduated from TCU in Art. She then won a scholarship to The Art Students League in New York where she studied for several years. Dad also graduated from TCU and taught theatre stage craft on the University level. I graduated from Northwestern State University with a BA in Theatre. Although it was a wonderful experience and I learned much that I've been able to apply to other aspects in life, maybe I should have thought about it a little longer. Anyway, I wouldn't change a thing. I have worked in a variety of mediums but was introduced to photography but my oldest brother, Theron, a very gifted photographer and herpatologist extrodinaire.

When not working or hiking I love to putter around in my small garden, read, draw, crochet hats for the Orphans in Japan and work on any number of craft projects.

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