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About Me











I am a landscape/nature/conservation photographer, writer, and book publisher. I devoted myself to a career as an oral historian for many decades (retired in 2021). I also ran a feminist press (HerBooks) in the 1980s and 1990s. 


I synthesize photography with storytelling, writing, and book publishing. I believe photography, oral history, and writing offer us redemption, hope, and joy during a time of radical uncertainty.



B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz

            Major: Environmental Studies (Planning and Public Policy)

MA, University of California, Santa Cruz

            Major: History

Director/Senior Editor, Regional History Project, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989-2021. 

Selected Photography-related Publications and Awards

"Northern Harrier with California Poppy," Finalist, BirdNote 19th Birthday Photo Contest, March 2024.

Fourth place. "Wapiti Wolf Conversing with Raven." Yellowstone Summit Photo Contest. February 2024.

"Northern Harrier with California Poppy," featured on the Santa Cruz Community Foundation's 2023 greeting card.

"Resilience" published in the Natural Landscape Volume 2 (forthcoming 2023). 

"Shimmering Sea, Point Reyes" published in The Sun Magazine, November 2022.

Top 100 photos North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, 2021.

Two photos published in Our Magnificent Planet (Lenswork Publishing, 2021).

Top 250 photos in North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, 2020.

"Divergent Paths" photo featured in San Francisco Chronicle Datebook article by Sam Whiting about Ansel Adams and photographers of UC Santa Cruz, June 8, 2020.

Winner of UCSC Chancellor's Photography Contest for Holiday Card 2019.

Second place. Lucie Awards International Photography Awards. Handmade book category (non-pro) 2018.

Top 250 photos in North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, 2018.

"Ross Geese, Merced National Wildlife Refuge," photo Featured in the New York Times California Today, May 11, 2017.

First Place Winner for “Poets of the Sky.” Sandhill Cane Festival Art Show, Lodi, California. November 2016.

First Place Winner for “Elephant Seal and Pup,” “Waves and Wildlife.”  Save Our Shores. At Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz, CA. September 2016.

Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland Photo Contest. Second Place in Landscape Category for “Sandhill Cranes at Sunset: Merced National Wildlife Refuge.”

Contributing Photographer to “Intra-actions” Interview of Karen Barad by Adam Kleinman. "Published in Special dOCUMENTA (13) Issue of Mousse Magazine (Milan, Italy), Summer 2012."

Selected Photography Exhibits

Handmade Accordion book Bodies of Water: A Tribute to Payahuunadu chosen for exhibition in Yosemite Renaissance 37 (2022).


Artist Exhibitor, ""Wilderness Places and Sacred Spaces," Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay. Fall 2021.


Artist Exhibitor, Waves and Wildlife exhibit. Save Our Shores, Santa Cruz, California.

Two photos exhibited in “Peripheral Vision,” Santa Cruz Art League, November 2019-January 2020.

Solo Show “Santa Cruz Images.” Simpkins Swim Center. April-May 2017.

Solo Show “Sierra Nevada Refuge”. Santa Cruz County Government Center. May – August 2017.

Exhibitor. Yosemite Renaissance 32 Art Show. Yosemite Valley. February – April 2017. “Moonlight, Lembert Dome.”

Exhibitor. “Dynamic Landscapes,” Black Box Gallery. Portland, Oregon. January 2017. “Autumn, Round Valley, High Sierra.”

Exhibitor. Open Studios, Santa Cruz County. October 2016.

Artist Exhibitor,  “Celebrating the Coast.” Coastside Land Trust, Half Moon Bay. CA. “Windy Poppy.” September 2016.

Artist Exhibitor,  “Celebrating the Coast.” Coastside Land Trust, Half Moon Bay. CA. “Windy Poppy.” September 2016.

Solo Show. County Government Emeline Street Facility. Santa Cruz County Arts Council. May-July 2016.

Exhibitor, “Seventh Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition.” In conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, Golden, Colorado. February 18-May 1, 2016. “Poets of the Sky.”

Artist Exhibitor, Climate Change: The Moral Dimension, Peace United Church. February 5-6, 2016.

Exhibitor. Open Studios, Santa Cruz County. October 2015.

A National Exhibit. “Through a Curious Lens.” Juror. Sean Duggan, Educator, School of Visual Arts, New York. “Moonlight, Big Sur.” Santa Cruz Art League, July 10-August 9, 2015.


Co-curator and Exhibitor, “Rhythms of Place: Photographic Explorations of the UCSC Campus.” Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, UC Santa Cruz.  April 8-May 9, 2015.


Artist Exhibitor. “In Praise of Earth: The Poetry of Nature, Jubilation, and the Soul,” to Benefit the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. May 2015.


Solo Show. “Starlight and Bristlecones: California Landscape Photography.” First Friday Santa Cruz (Azhar Hair Design). March and April 2014.


Solo Show, “Lunchtime Walks." Lionel Cantu Queer Center, UC Santa Cruz, Winter 2013.


Solo Show. Santa Cruz Yoga Center, Winter 2013.


A National Exhibit, “Black and White.” Juror: George Rivera, Executive Director, Triton Museum of Art. “Dark Aloe.” Santa Cruz Art League. July 2013.

Solo Show. First Friday, Santa Cruz. Azhar Hair Design (Fall 2012).

Photo by Elizabeth Van Dyke

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Cover Photos

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