The Malecon in Havana, Cuba. I watched the waves crash against the wall for what seemed like hours. Trying to capture that perfect shot. Our driver came to stand beside me and said, “This is where people come to dream of a better life. Free from a communist government. This is such a beautiful place.” It really was beautiful. Though the effects of socialism and their communist government were more than apparent. Being there with my family gave me a new sense of pride and appreciation for the country we live in. (at Havana, Cuba)

“Distance is not for the fearful, it is for the bold. It’s for those who are willing to spend a lot of time alone in exchange for a little time with the one they love. It’s for those knowing a good thing when they see it, even if they don’t see it nearly enough…” (at Lake Guntersville, AL)

Warrior of the Light

The moment he begins to walk along it, the Warrior of the Light recognizes the path. Each stone, each bend cries welcome to him. He identifies with the mountains and the streams, he sees something of his own soul in the plants and the animals and the birds of the field. Then accepting the help of God and of God’s signs, he allows his Personal Legend to guide him toward the tasks that life has reserved for him. On some nights, he has nowhere to sleep, on others, he suffers from insomnia. “That’s just how it is,” thinks the Warrior. “I was the one who chose to walk this path.” In these words lies all his power. He chose the path along which he is walking and so has no complaints.

- Paulo Coelho (at Lake Guntersville, AL)

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” - Jim Morrison (at Havana, Cuba)

“I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home
In my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.”

- John O’Donohue (at Lake Guntersville, AL)

Mi hermosa hermana Caroline en la Habana, Cuba (at Havana, Cuba)

“The inability to feel has its advantages… sometimes.” - Dexter (at Miami, FL)

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” - Bruno Barbey (at Havana, Cuba)

“You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and place because you’ll never be this way ever again.” (at Graham Family Lake House - Lake Guntersville, AL)

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Old Havana (at Havana, Cuba)

“Only once in your life, I truly believe you find someone who can completely turn your world around” - Bob Marley (at Graham Family Lake House - Lake Guntersville, AL)

“Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” - Bruno Barbey (at Huntsville, AL)

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” - Bob Marley (at Graham Family Lake House)

“I want to change people. I want them to learn how to feel each other. How to lose and find themselves in the eyes of someone they don’t even know. And I want them all to feel like they’re not alone, that we’re all in this together, and I hope that never changes. Imagine that. What a beautiful way to live. What a beautiful way to feel, and what a beautiful way to survive.” - R.M. Drake (at Jones Valley Farm, Huntsville, AL)

“I would give anything to feel nothing again.” - Dexter (at Graham Family Lake House - Lake Guntersville, AL)

“Photography does not require quickness. It requires patience. It is not about how fast you can get images out. It is about what you can capture in them.” (at Graham Family Lake House - Lake Guntersville, AL)