Growing up in rural southern Ontario, I was surrounded by nature from an early age. I got hooked on wildlife photography shortly after the purchase of my first camera, a used Miranda Sensorex II. In the many years since (more than I certainly care to remember), I have had the good fortune of travelling throughout North and Central America to photograph a dazzling array of wildlife and landscapes... from the underwater world of lush coral reefs to barren alpine ecosystems; from the parched deserts and canyons of the American Southwest to the humid tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Although I enjoy travelling to new and exotic destinations, some of my favourite locales are those most familiar to me--enchanting places in their own right that are no more than a few short steps or paddle strokes from home. No matter where we live, nature is all around us.
Sadly, the damage we continue to inflict on the natural world is putting all of this at risk. Our planet's life-sustaining ecosystems are being threatened with a staggering loss of biodiversity as an estimated 100 species become extinct every day. Climate change, pollution, habitat loss, poaching, increased demand for resources, and a growing human population are daunting challenges that need to be addressed if we are to stem the tide of destruction on the only home we have. Surely we owe that much to future generations. If nothing else, I hope that my images, along with those of countless other photographers, will serve as a reminder of what we stand to lose.