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I started taking photographs and developing them in high school. For my senior Spring Semester, I was fortunate enough to understudy for the head photographer at a local newspaper where I developed my skills at taking “people pictures”. In college I served as the photo editor of the school paper before transferring. For many years I only took family snapshots, however a few years ago my interest was renewed, and I studied photography and learned how to work with images in Photoshop.

Since I was very young travel has been my passion. I find that I have an insatiate wanderlust that has taken me around the world. While I enjoy large cities, I find that I prefer to travel to the smaller, more out of the way places that are off the usual tourist track. My travels have allowed me to gain an appreciation for other cultures and people. The more I learn about others, the more I see that we really are more alike than different. Almost everyone wants the same things- to raise their families, to grow old in good health, and to live in safety and security. Unfortunately, many people live in places where they cannot obtain these. I have also had the opportunity to see first hand the wonders of this small planet on which we live. The Earth has untold beauty that most people never witness, and therefore are not able to gain the knowledge that travel brings.

I have often been asked where my favorite place is. Actually, I don’t have an all time favorite destination, except perhaps the next one! I have enjoyed all the places I have been, and taken home fond memories, sharp impressions, and lots of photographs.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, went to a prep school in Massachusetts then returning to the Bay Area for college. I received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 1980 from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!.

After college I worked for a bank for 5 years, then returned to school to receive an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1988.

I moved to the San Diego area in 1989 and launched several small businesses. In 2006 I decided to semi retire, and now work as a software engineer designing programs (such as this one) for Internet sights. This gives me time to travel and take pictures. I also mange a small philanthropic foundation.

Currently I live with my 2 cats in Leucadia, California, a community within the City of Encinitas, near San Diego. I have 2 adult children, both in college, who live nearby. Besides travel and photography, I enjoy scuba diving, walks on the beach, sunsets, and good red wines.

Thanks for visiting Hidden Star. I hope you enjoyed it.

Don

 


"Life is too important to be taken seriously." 
Oscar Wilde

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming HOLY SHIT- What a Ride!"
Anon.