Thanksgiving in North America came from European and Native American traditions as a time for people to rejoice after a hard day’s work. The World Wide Web is a way we that can share our thoughts and images with others, no matter where they may be on this planet. Over the years I’ve made great friends I’d never have known except for the Internet and it’s why I want to take this day to give thanks.
Thanks to my parents, who live on in my memory, for encouraging my photography by giving me a Kodak Brownie when I was eight years old and later my first 35mm camera when I was in high school. Through the years they told me I could accomplish whatever I wanted in life. Who I am today is only possible because of that encouragement.
Thanks Cliff Lawson an amazingly gifted photographer for the time we share together laughing and learning about life, cars and photography. Special thanks Kevin Elliott a friend for more than 20 years, whose calm measured response to my panic at whatever computer crisis I was going through and his skills and talents always rescued the day. Kevin in more than just a computer genius, he’s a friend.
Thanks Rick Sammon and Peter K. Burian who were initially colleagues and but quickly become friends who I respect and admire not only for their photography but their humanity. Thanks Dan Havlik, Shutterbug‘s Editor-in-chief and Andrea Turney, Shutterbug‘s Managing Editor; a quiet force who has helped shape my work while teaching me there’s more to writing than just clicking computer keys.
A big thank you goes out to Tim Fiedler for his hard work in shaping this blog and my other websites and blogs. He’s a talented computer/software/web genius, an inventive photographer, and just plain good guy. The world needs more Tims.
Thanks to all the sponsors on the right hand side of this page. Without their great products and support it would be hard for me to try to Save the World, One Pixel at a Time. Thanks to all of you, the Shutterbug and blog readers, Twitter followers and Instagram friends— for hanging in there with me over the years. Your loyalty and support help me write these posts.
And finally finally a special thanks to my wife, Mary who makes me happy every day of my life by showing how much she cares. When I met her more than thirty years ago I could only guess at what our life would become, the travels we would make and the photographs we would create together. She is a shining beacon of what being a truly kind person is all about and by her actions and example have shown me how to be the person that I try to be. I only hope to live long enough to become that kind of person that she is.