Joined 10 years ago from Quito, Ecuador
My early childhood was spent roaming the rolling hills outside Cincinnati, Ohio. Climbing trees, searching the woods for snakes, and stealing apples from a nearby orchard gave me a sense of closeness with nature and rural life. I was a very introspective child, kind of a nerd, keeping to myself a lot but always observing, continually learning about people and their interaction with others.
In 1967, as the war in Viet Nam escalated, I enlisted in the Air Force, hoping to avoid being drafted out of college. It was a good experience, living two years in Japan and the remainder of the time in various parts of the United States. I learned plenty about myself, both my abilities and my weaknesses.
During my stay in the military my passion for photography grew, providing a supplemental income. It was this creativity that provided me the greatest satisfaction and I never wanted it to become a job. Like cooking, which I started when I was 17, I did it for pleasure, not for survival.
Over the next several years I worked as an engineer for various companies, eventually starting my own consulting business in the 90's. Then, in 2000, I following the call of God on my life and dedicated the next decade to ministering to children in Ecuador. This was a wonderful experience, bringing back memories of my own struggles as a child.
I retired in January, 2010 but remained in Ecuador. I spend my days photographing the birds and scenery of this beautiful little nation. I dedicate much of my time writing about the different avifauna and birding locations that can be found in this country.
In May of 2012 I finished my e-book: Birding Northwest Ecuador
I have two blogs that I write:
Discovering the Birds of Ecuador about birding locations in Ecuador
The Birds of Ecuador identifying the various birds of Ecuador
and you can tweet me at @ecuadorrebel
5 years ago
Mock Turtle Soup is a meaty and hearty meal that is great on a cold day. It lemony and savory flavor will warm you and satisfy you on a blustery winter afternoon.
9 years ago
Jerusalem Park Steven L. Herrmann Jerusalem Park, or Bosque Protector Jerusalén in Spanish, is an area of protected dry forest a short distance north of Quito Ecuador. Most people come to this tiny nation to experience the rainforests of the Andean...
17 months ago
Cooking is an art. Cooking at high altitude is something else entirely! Let me share my wonderful recipe and tips with you here.
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