Tim's early years were spent mostly in Carmel, California, where early exposure to the art of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others kindled an interest in photography. During his teens, in Santa Barbara, California, photography became an all-consuming passion. He took thousands of pictures for his high school yearbooks and spent far too many weekends in the darkroom. He was very fortunate during these years to attend three Easter week workshops at the Friends of Photography, in Carmel.

In college, a passion for natural history took hold, leading to a major in Botany at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. He spent a few summers collecting plants in the Bodie Hills of northern Mono County (still one of his favorite haunts) for his masters thesis. Professionally, he worked as a botanist with an environmental consulting firm in Sacramento, California for 13 years. Then an urge to pursue more creative (and less litigious) work prompted a move into graphic design, emphasizing information design, cartography, and visual simulations. He is now a senior graphic designer at ICF International in Sacramento.

His photographic interests are diverse, including landscape, travel, architecture, night, and abstract, using both digital and film cameras. His web site is


Photography Blog
Plants of the Bodie Hills: Botany and Natural History in the Bodie Hills and Beyond

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