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I was a wanderer long before there was a hashtag for it.  Today, I wander around Lake Geneva.

I get away once a year for an annual birthday celebration with close family.  This year we celebrated my 40th birthday in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  

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The weekend was filled with relaxation and many laughs.

It felt so good to hang out with some of the most important people in my life.  I missed them dearly.

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Time to unwind helps keep my creative spirit alive.

It’s routine for me to go for a walk first thing in the morning.  This is my time to reflect, pray and set my intentions for the day.  A weekend in Lake Geneva didn’t stop me from my morning routine.   

It's quiet moments that guide me and direct my attention where it's needed.  I see things differently when I escape from the distractions of everyday life.

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I’m journaling about this vacation differently than I normally would.

I want others to know that I still get nervous when I approach my photography in ways I know I should be.  It's strange for many to understand, but feeling uncomfortable is part of the creative process.  The truth is, I really wanted to ask the gentleman who owns Lake Geneva Spice Company if I could take his photograph and learn his story.  But, I didn't muster up enough courage to do it.  Disappointment washed over me as I walked away from his local shop because I let fear get the best of me.  As a result, I returned to his shop the next day so I could try again.  But, he wasn't there and I lost my opportunity to learn his story.  Hopefully, I can return soon and finish the assignment.

I knew long ago that storytelling was something I approached differently.  Never admitting out loud that I was a visual storyteller because it sounded so cliché.  Finally, I'm calling myself a one.  But, it’s the truth.  And this time, the truth doesn’t hurt.

Not everyone has to like the work I create.  And heaven knows, not everyone does.  But, I'm not going to let that stop me.

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I didn't know exactly what I loved to do until I was no longer able to do.

I love traveling, wandering and adventure with a film camera in hand.  Sometimes it takes a pandemic to force a person to figure things out.  That's the case for me at least.  These Lake Geneva photographs are capture with my Leica M6 35mm Rangefinder camera.

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