For my 10th birthday, my father bought me a single-lens-reflex camera from Japan. It was probably bigger than my head.
Being an engineer, everything had to be precise, and so it was that he taught me to use this gift. The ritual was always the same: KodaColor Gold, ASA 100 film. Always. The shutter speed was 1/125 of a second. Always. We would wander through the neighborhood around Columbia University reading light with our eyes — using the light meter was cheating — and quizzing each other on which F stop was appropriate. I got very good at this game.
Years later, on a week-long field assignment for Eugene Weekly, the light meter in my most recent, fully manual camera died. Hooray for fully manual! I adjusted for the different film speed and used those same tools. You can see the resulting cover photo (as well as otherwise within the story) here.
These days I’ve grudgingly gone digital, though the Nikon is still in the closet, ready as ever for some action. After finishing medical school I started fiddling again, and then realized I’m just as in love with photography as I was when my father got me started so many years ago.
Almost all the photos on this site are mine, with the exceptions either having me in them or credited in the caption line.
The photos are still shifting around. But here’s a rough guide to what you’re generally seeing in the headers.
Home: Mineral Creek in Valdez, Alaska. The creek is full of spawning salmon, though this is hard to see.
The clinic/Dr. O: Sunflowers at my friend Liza’s farm in Rockland, Maine. The photo of my was taken by photographer Susan Latham of Flagstaff, Arizona.
The really big bio: That’s me wildcrafting Oregon grape in the Oregon Cascades, photo by rockstar environmental journalist Paul Koberstein.
What is Celilo: Spawning salmon in a feeder creek to Aleknagik Lake near Dillingham, Alaska.
Green cred: Eagle Cap Wilderness in eastern Oregon.
Patient forms: New leaves on the Vitex agnus-castus plant in my backyard garden.
Directions: Eagle Creek in the Eagle Cap wilderness.
The medicine/Naturopathy: Calendula officinalis from my backyard garden.
Programs: Mineral Creek in Valdez, Alaska again.
Services: Maidenhair fern on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge.
Conditions treated: Echinacea spp., with a background of Monarda fistulosa, at the demonstration gardens at Newforest Institute in Brooks, Maine.
FAQs: Budding Inula helenum in my front yard garden.
Homeopathy: Close up of salsify in seed at my friend’s Jay and Dawn’s land near White Salmon, Washington.
Flower essences: Mondarda fistulosa from the demonstration gardens at Newforest Institute in Brooks, Maine. The inset photo is fireweed (Epilobium spp.) growing on a small island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Hydrotherapy: North shore Kauai’i , Hawai’i.
Biotherapeutic drainage: Urban rose, Northeast Portland, Oregon.
Plant stem cell therapy: New fig leaf in my backyard garden. (Mmm, figs.)
Training: Filbert, Portland, Oregon.
Plant medicines: There’s that Echinacea from Newforest again. Inset is Eschscholzia californica (yes, it’s really spelled that way), commonly known as California poppy, growing in Northeast Portland, Oregon.
Nutrition: Purple basil, and a bunch of August garden veggies, all from Newforest Institute in Brooks, Maine.
First visit: Budding Inula helenum, commonly called Elecampane, in my front yard garden.
Insurance: Urban rose again.
For patients: Organ Pipe cactus growing in the Sonoran desert wonderland of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. (See the nearly full moon?)
Internet resources: Dryas in seed, Kennicott, Alaska, inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.
Articles/blog: Fall color in the Oregon Cascades. Can’t positively identify this Lily family plant without flowers or fruit!
Newsletter: North shore Kauai’i , Hawai’i. (Have you signed up yet?)
Contact: Close up of salsify (Tragopogon spp.) in seed on Jay and Dawn’s land near White Salmon, Washington.