I am a lifelong resident of rural central Pennsylvania, a double alumna and 30-plus-year employee of Penn State University, and a lover of the great outdoors, movies, books, music (I'm an 80s kinda gal), photography, and cats.

My grandfather was a photographer who owned his own portrait studio in Read more...

I am a lifelong resident of rural central Pennsylvania, a double alumna and 30-plus-year employee of Penn State University, and a lover of the great outdoors, movies, books, music (I'm an 80s kinda gal), photography, and cats.

My grandfather was a photographer who owned his own portrait studio in Richfield, PA. I think I may have inherited my love of photography from him. I have been taking pictures with one kind of camera or another for as long as I can remember. I had an instant Polaroid camera at one point, as well as a disc camera, an APS camera, and a Pentax K-1000 (non-digital SLR).

I bought a Canon PowerShot SX 120 IS in February 2010, and instantly fell in love with digital photography. In December 2011, I upgraded to a Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS, with a pretty awesome 35x zoom.

In November 2013, I added a Canon PowerShot SX 50 HS to my collection, with 50x zoom. When it croaked in October 2016, I moved on to my current squeeze, a Canon PowerShot SX 60 HS, with 65x zoom.

I love taking pictures and I live for my next photo shoot! I am captivated by the magic and beauty of the world around me, and I confess an almost evangelizing impulse to document and share the beauty of what I see every day.

Many of my favorite haunts are the wild woods and waters of central Pennsylvania, and in my profile picture, you can see me in my native habitat.

I chose the name of this photo journal from a book my oldest sister gave me when I was seven. The name of the book was There Must Be Magic, and my sister had written this note inside: "May you always find the magic." Photography is a focal point for me: it helps me look for, and find, the magic in everyday life.