Beyond Mountain Climbing

Summer 2008
The summer after graduating high school, I went to the British Columbia in Canada for a trip with my school’s Young Life group. We sea kayaked 50 miles up an inlet, then climbed a mountain from sea level to the summit. I don’t think Ill ever forget our first day of the hike. We had to go through a forest of elders, and the trail wasn’t cleared very well. With every step we were whipped by the trees branches. We also carried all of our gear and I was sore, hot and very grumpy. I love the outdoors, was in good shape, and consider myself to be pretty tough but Ill admit I was on the verge of tears. Im glad I sucked it up though. Although the trip was the most physically demanding experience Ive ever had, it was also one of the greatest.

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Tybee National Wildlife Refuge


Tybee National Wildlife Refuge was established by an executive order from Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, and is an important resting and feeding area for migratory birds passing through the region. The 100-acre wildlife refuge is located at the mouth of the Savannah River in Savannah, Georgia. The area, once known as Oysterbed Island, was previously used by the Army Corps of Engineers during harbor dredging as a soil disposal site. Because of that, the majority of the area is now covered with sand deposits, however there are also areas with dense woods and saltwater marshes.

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SCAD Tree Study


My freshman year of college I had the opportunity to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. I was only there for a year before transferring to the University of Missouri, but I’m still grateful I had a chance to take fine art classes. SCAD is an amazing school filled with talented students, but quickly I found out that a photojournalism degree was what I wanted.

One of my last photo projects at SCAD was a study comparing trees and man-made constructs in the city. Savannah is known for it’s rich history, which is easily observed through the city’s architecture, and beautiful squares and parks that are scattered around town.

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Multiple Strobes

Bill Rastorfer instructs a new student during a sparring session with a far more experienced and larger boxer.  Rastorfer had a 14-year professional boxing career but is now retired and coaches boxing at Dojo Studio.  Rastorfer’s gym is unique in Columbia, as it is in his wife’s hair studio with just a partial wall dividing the salon from the small gym area.

Painting with Light

The Perils of Pauline: Rocheport, MO ^

Amongst U.S drivers, a common problem ignored is tire safety.  Although defective tires cause an estimated 6,000 accidents annually, the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that US consumer’s knowledge of tire safety is still minimal.  The AAA study revealed that out of consumers who had a flat tire, 46% changed their own tire, 22% asked someone else to change it, and 19% called a road service provider.   Furthermore, the majority of participants said they checked their tires less often than recommended or never at all.  Worn tread, improper air pressure, and age are the most common reasons for tire failure.  A tire that is more than five or six years old should always be replaced regardless of its condition.