I have been an avid photographer since childhood. The advent of digital SLRs, however, opened a whole new realm for my creativity. I am happiest in the out-of-doors, whether it is in my garden or in the wilderness. My Nikon D300s enables me to capture and share the wonders of nature with others -- from the smallest spring flowers to the majesty of the Cascade Range. I explore the beauty and scenic variety of the Pacific Northwest through the lens on hikes and vacations with my husband and family. I love to travel to both wilderness and urban areas to capture the flavor of other locales. I have recently converted my Nikon D200 to an infrared. The black and white of infrared gives images an otherworldly, magical quality.