Growing up in Montana links me to the land—to the West and its people. Traveling for work as an environmental scientist has taken me to some stunning places to study the biology, water, and geology. What I have realized is that the land without people is just that—land. Photography allows me to link people and emotions with the land that makes the West distinct. Through my camera, my heart comes home. No surprise, my lens (and my spirit) fell for the wild culture of the West, its welcoming people, and their gritty work ethic. Honoring that connection and love others have for the region is the centerpiece of my work.