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I am a northwest Florida based photographer & artist. My two dogs & I love to travel & photograph new interesting people. My favorite things include the outdoors, hiking, chocolate chip cookies, a comfy down comforter (any time of year!), and flip flops!

Here you will find posts from my adventures & travels, both personally & professionally. Since I love to travel, do not hesitate to ask about any destination. Special discounts are available for Philadelphia, PA, Charleston-Myrtle Beach, SC areas & San Diego, CA destinations.

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Can’t Judge A Southern Man 


It’s very easy to look down on or dismiss someone when you don’t agree with their point of view. But you can’t always judge a book by its anti-everything point of view.  There is always more to someone.

The other day I met a man. Let’s call him Don. A Vietnam vet born & bred in Florida who does carpet & tile work since he dropped out of school at thirteen. Ron is a tiny man with a slurry southern accent whose words often get muffled within his white beard.

He has a strong opinion on immigration reform & “the Mexicans with no real skills other than laborers” who seem to be taking away American craftsman jobs for the cheap. He also has a very strong opinion on government having “too much control over the people who blindly believe what they are told on TV. And do not get him started on this whole global warming scam “Al Gore started”.


<inhale> <deep yoga breath>

Ok so if you know me a little, you know this kind of subject matter could easily have made me lose my cool. His beliefs go against my own on most subjects.  But I’m not writing this to start a fierce debate on hot political topics.

For me, there are just so many reasons to dislike this man.  But I reminded myself of the age gap & the where I was standing – in the Deep South.

It’s not that he was completely void of knowledge. Take one look at the guy & his rickety pick up truck and you know his life was never very easy. But inside of this aging highly opinionated man, is a kind soul.

He rescues dogs.

Not pure bred goldens or rare breeds. He take in the mixed breeds and mutts that passers-by don’t even look twice at.  The dirty, sickly, dying, tick invested, mangey left overs no one wants.

When he started to talk about the love of his rescue dogs, his face lights up.  It’s his passion.   And this is the reason he worries so much about finding steady work. He has mouths to feed – 50 of them.  I instantly thought oh my fifty! Maybe he’s a hoarder??  (Hey Laura – do not snap judge! )

Then I heard some of the rescue stories- clearly some of his most triumphant.  Stories of where he waited days to trap a dog he followed around for weeks & how how he sat with that dog until she accepted his help. Don has rescued dogs during hurricanes, when the streets were flooded. He has fought with strangers, cops & neighbors to save a dog in need.  He has stories of how dogs at the most desperate of moments, seem to find his dog compound in the back woods & practically beg for help. How he carries their sickly bodies into his home, and spends his time caring for them, removing ticks, seeing to wounds, hand feeding them through the night while waiting for the veterinarian to come in the morning to help. He builds special shelters & pens for them. He has a special trailer, for the elder dogs who prefer to spend time indoors. He has a sick trailer for the ones who need time to mend.  He has winter homes and summer homes.  He clearly loves them and wishes they would find homes but knows most have no one but him & his wife.

Meeting Don was a reminder of the old phrase ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’.

He may have his strong opinions about the government and global warming. But he is a man that has passion in his life. His days are filled with what he feels is his purpose. Those fifty or so dogs will never know how hard he works to care for them. None of that matters because he does it anyway.  He loves what he does. You can see it in his face. He deserves respect for his compassion and for being someone who has found their passion in life.

Thank you, Don (even though you will never read this) for caring for those dogs and making a difference in this world.




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