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All of the photographs on this site, unless specifically noted, were taken by me or my wife. If you want to find out a little bit more about what makes us tick, what our other interests are, or why we are doing this, then this is the page.

Welcome... and thanks for visiting.

— Dave Rathbun

"Waiting for Sunrise"
Arches National Park, Utah

Over to the side there is a picture of me taken by my Mom. We were sitting on a ledge in Arches National Park, waiting for the sun to rise.

This was my first exposure (pun) to the magnificent morning glow that can occur when the sun first crests the horizon. If you have been there, you know what I mean. That was what I consider to be my first real photo vacation. Why? Because I used more than one roll of film per day. No kidding.

I started taking pictures in junior high school; by virtue of the fact that I had a 35mm camera (a Graflex) I volunteered to be our yearbook photographer. I did it for one year. After that I was in high school and had other activities to occupy my time. Plus the shutter broke on my camera.

"Mom and Dad"
Tibet, Tibet

My Mom is an artist, and takes a lot of pictures for research for her paintings. My Dad also takes pictures; Mom takes prints, and Dad takes slides. For the past several years they have traveled quite a bit; not the usual retirement cruises either! They've been to Nepal twice, have gone white water rafting in the Grand Canyon, and have been on numerous hikes and camping trips in the Colorado Rockies where they live. So, every time we visit we get to see a slide show of their latest escapades.

If you ever see my folks, ask them to tell you the story about The Bridge.

After the slide show several years ago I turned to my wife and said, "I could do this. I want to do this." To which she replied, "We do have a camera... I think it's Nikon, is that a good one?" "I think so", I replied.

The camera was a Nikon FG. Manual focus, but with several different control modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, automatic, and full manual). It turns out that it was a great camera. We bought one lens - a Sigma 70-300 zoom lens with a macro feature (at 300mm) - to complement the 50 mm standard lens that we already had, and started taking pictures.

Since then I have graduated to a Nikon N-70, and we have picked up several additional lenses. I won't bore you here with a complete equipment list since many people are not interested.

"Ginger and pets"
Back 40, Louisiana

I travel a fair amount for my job as a database consultant so I accumulate quite a few frequent flier miles. My wife and I try to put those miles to good use. By far my favorite place to visit has to be the Colorado Plateau, which includes the states of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. If you have never been there, you owe it to yourself to go. If not physically, at least in a virtual sense.

Take your time, look around, wear plenty of sunscreen. Enjoy the trip! But may I suggest that you don't try to see everything at once. This site has been evolving since 1998. If you would like to be notified when we update or post new content to our site, please sign up for our subscription service. Thanks for stopping by.

"Surveying the Horizon"
Thanks for visiting, Dave Rathbun

So that's a little bit about who we are and what this site is about. If you can't go somewhere in reality, I hope that you can feel like you have taken a virtual tour by reading the stories and viewing the pictures on our site. Many of the pictures are for sale, but I'm not going to beat you over the head with that. Please enjoy your visit, and come back as often as you like.

Most importantly, when you travel:

Take only pictures...
Leave only footprints.

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