Greetings. Welcome to my nano-sized corner of the universe. I am an amateur photographer and videographer. I have always felt much more comfortable behind the lens, than in front of it.

Ofwaterfallsandtrails.net is a nature enthusiast website and blog with articles on an array of subjects. This site is meant to be both educational and entertaining. It is written from personal experience, memoirs, and at times, dabbles in creative writing.

Swamp Darner

A passion for science, wildlife, and nature was instilled in me at an early age by my father. By teaching me a healthy respect for everything in nature, but never a loathsome fear of anything, he opened my eyes to a whole other world that many never see.

Some of my best childhood memories were when my father would take me deep into the redwood forest, find an old log, and we would just sit there silently, taking it all in. We would sit there. After about twenty minutes, the whole forest would come alive around us:  birds singing, squirrels scurrying, snakes slithering, bugs, fox, deer, raccoons, and so much more. There are so many images burned into my mind’s eye, so many memories. One touch, one smell, just the feel to the air on a certain day, can bring it all rushing back.  I will never forget those enchanted moments deep within the redwood forest.


I learned to love all creatures great and small, even the creepy, crawly, slithering ones that most people pass over. I am deeply grateful for the legacy my father passed on to me.

A wise person once told me that the eyes are the window to the soul. I choose to look for the good in everything, to fill my eyes with as much beauty as they can behold each and every day.

There is beauty in everything around us. You just have to stop and look.

Fountain Las Olas