I’m not the first one to say that “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could” but it is true, even though “as fast as I could” might have been a little faster had I known what I know now after numerous weekend expeditions. Like Texas founding father Ed Burleson, I was born in North Carolina, although Ed started out in Buncombe County (where Asheville is these days) and I started out in Franklin County (north of Raleigh). I do love the North Carolina mountains, and for two years I did live in Black Mountain, and after that I spent a little less than a decade in Chattanooga, TN …. until I made my way to Texas in March of 2015.

During the week, I work in Austin as a lead developer/technical architect/mentor/problem solver. I grew up in the country, though, so on the weekends, I like escape from the city and travel down the back roads of Texas in search of good brisket and (as the older generation from my part of North Carolina might have said when I was a youngin’) “things what need photographin’.”

I’m a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin, TX, where I serve as an elder, as well as Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 59 (Major George W. Littlefield) in Austin. As you might guess, I’ve cultivated a healthy interest in the War Between the States; I also like to read about military history in general. If you poke around here for too long, you’ll see a bunch of posts about various churches, many with accompanying lyrics from hymns; that is the result of another interest of mine – ancient hymnody and the development of the liturgy in the Lutheran church.

All photographs on this site are my own original work unless otherwise noted, and may not be used without my express written permission.