I am a retired forester and nature photography enthusiast. I have worked in forest management for forest product companies in every Southeast USA state except Florida. I was born in West Kentucky and now am happily retired in South Arkansas. I’ve been shooting photos for decades, my first real camera being a Pentax Spotmatic purchased in 1969 while I was serving in the US Air Force. I was only an occasional shooter until I retired about five years ago, when I purchased my first DSLR, a Pentax K-30. I now use the Pentax K-1 and K-3. I’ll shoot a photo of anything, but my favorite subjects are plants and critters. Visit my Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/124612053@N08/ to see some of my photos, and to confirm that I truly am an amateur. My wife Nancy and I live on our own little nature preserve in Warren, Arkansas. It’s my main "studio" located right outside my door! We like to travel, our favorite destinations being national parks.