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Welcome to our website! We are adventurers, nature lovers, and serious amateur photographers. It is a great combination!
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a present.....so we try and make the most of it!
What do you get when you mix an old Boy Scout, who has a love for family, nature, camping, adventure, writing, traveling and photography with a very a patient lady, who loves family, nature, and traveling? You have a lot of FUN! We've had many adventures over the years, and planning to have a lot more.
We've taken lots of photos, and will figure out what to do with them some day! We have had a blast, we both love to learn new things, and will continue to do so. I have always been a graphic person, love everything to do with photography, and nothing makes me happier than to share that love.
We live in a great big world, with many beautiful things in it We now have technology that allows us to capture images and do sooooooo much with them, instantly. (What is this film stuff you keep talking about?). It is hard to keep up with it all.
My work in the security technical world has allowed me the privilege of being able to travel on business all around the world, taking photos along the way. I accrued many, many miles, and that allowed me to take Tawny on some of the trips, and or plan our own trips.
As the house was filling up with film and slides, Tawny pushed me into the digital camera world in 2000 with my first 3.2M pixel camera. I would go places, and Tawny would take books to read or meander around while I took pictures. Sometimes this could take a while. (Really, 2 ½ hours at the Lincoln Memorial, late at night, raining, 40 degrees?). Well, Tawny used to be patient. When I upgraded to a 5M pixel camera, I had thoughts of an underwater housing for the 3.2M camera. Tawny asked, “Can I play with your old camera?” What else could I say?
The rest as they say, is history. All of the years looking at my photos, Tawny developed her own eye, and it is unique. She will start to take a photo and I will start to tell her that it will not work. I have stopped myself, as she has to do this learning curve herself. She has taken some great photos that way! I coach and mentor her of course. As we are side by side, a lot of our photos look a lot alike, but that is also ok, sometimes I am shooting close up and she is shooting wide angle! It has doubled the price of our hobby, but it is great to have someone to share the hobby with.
She is not quite as committed as I am, (or maybe crazy as I am.) “What?? You are getting up before sunrise to go track deer at the park, but we are on vacation, I want to sleep, wake me when you get back!”
She is not technical, “Ray, I downloaded my photos, and cannot find them again.” That is ok, also, we have our roles. I do all of the technical work, setting up cameras, computer work, driving the big truck with the camper in tow. She is the go-fer, makes great chicken pot pie to freeze and go in the camper ahead of time, does details and maps. We both do the organizing, a great team effort. She really has a great eye for spotting critters when we are taking photos too!
We have had many great adventures, we have camped in most of the State Parks in Florida south of Gainesville, along with Ocala National Park . We live in south Florida and it is a long drive to get anywhere. However, we have also camped thru Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and one of our favorites, Smokey Mountain National Park.
We have taken a driving trip leaving from Vegas, thru Southern Utah, Zion, Bryce, Escalante, Moab, Arches, Natural Bridges, Newspaper Rock, then into Arizona to Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Sedona, Red Rock, Window Rock, Petrified Forest, Phoenix, Mesa, a bunch of parks in that area, and back up to the Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Park.
Another big trip was North on the inside passage from Vancouver to Seward on a great cruise, a few days in Seward area doing tours, then a bus to Fairbanks to pick up a rental car, where we went to Denali National Park for a weeks adventure.
Another trip was in the Southern California area. We then drove from there to Vegas for me to work while Tawny played princess. Another different adventure, but still, lots of photos and fun.
We have had overseas adventures, Russia, Switzerland, Costa Rica, and Hawaii, all with Tawny and I taking photos and or video depending on how long ago it was. i.e, Russia was 1998. (Film days, 79 rolls, in 15 days, VHS tapes).
I have not neglected the United States, I have been in all but 11 states for business and personal travel, camera in hand. South America, Mexico, Far East and Europe a little, but that is enough to get a few shots. A couple of years ago I was trapped in Europe when the Icelandic volcano blew and all flights were grounded coming back.
I have recently changed positions at work so that I do not travel any longer, and you would probably think that I am crazy for doing that after reading the above. I have traveled a lot, and as such, missed some family things, and now, would like to be home for some new family things going on, getting up at 330 to catch the 600 am flight, enough said on that. The travel world has changed to the point that it is just not as much fun flying any more, unfortunately, but that is the truth of it.
SO…..that is it, you will see a lot about us, what we do, and how we do it on the upcoming pages, and we will share our love of photography and adventures…… This is a photo of us, freezing, taking a self-portrait in a
I would also like to be home, get some things done, like a new intro to my web page (you are reading it), take some classes, get organized, all kinds of things…….start some more adventures camping, day trips, Everglades, parks, etc., and when you are around more, you can do that…..
You know how they say that you have to keep re-inventing yourself? I keep trying it, and I am stuck with the same old me!!!! A year after I stopped traveling, I was driving Tawny crazy re-arranging the house, cleaning, all kinds of stuff. She said to me - "Why don't you sit down and try and write a book, now that you have stopped traveling after 20 years?"
I have never had an interest, but she kept talking to me about it, and I finally sat down at the computer in August of 2013. I thought I would be lucky to get 100 pages. In March of 2014, I finished a 590 pages, 166K word, action thriller murder mystery draft. Then I spent months editing. For the rest of the information on my writing on that and my other THREE books go here.
Finally Tawny said to stop and walk away from it, which I did. I needed to mow the lawn for the first time in 6 months anyway :). Then about 4 weeks later she said, "Was it a fluke, or can you do it again?" I did not know, but I sat down again. ( I did not have to take out the garbage if I was writing.)
I had found out that I should not have such a large book, so two months later, I finished a 300 pager. Again an action thriller murder mystery! Again, a draft, I needed to learn English book writing better!
Now, I had an idea. How about a book for KIDS? Well, I tried it, and it ended up being two books, and for young adults. Action, family, a little mystery, magic and some mystical .
mirrored door on a ship, heading north on the inside passage!
We do not want to take the risk of hurting anyone's feelings by leaving them out here, if we did, please understand that it is not intentional.
I would like to thank my entire family, as they have always made allowances for us during the holidays and our camping. I would like to thank my Mother, Katherine (Kay) Canales, who took us camping as kids, to the woods and the beach on trips, which gave me a love of the outdoors, we miss you MA!
From a photography point of view, my father Corando Canales in my early years, took a lot of photographs, looked at mine, and encouraged me. To his wife, my other mom, Irene Canales, who has told me from day one, go....don't wait, or postpone your trips.....go...go and go.
To my Brothers and families: Joe and Debi, Greg and Tracy, Zack and Wayne, my sister Lawanda who has always been there for us all. A special thanks to my niece Allana Canales Fernandez who is a cancer survivor and what a fighter, and her great husband and friend, Andrew Fernandez.
To the two kids we had, by a different mother. Taryn and Chad. Kris, across the street saved us the trouble of the birth and early years, but we had the fun part of all three of them being our camping and adventure buddies from the time they could walk and talk in school until they were gone to college. We have even camped since near their colleges so we could visit. We have been through tornados (camping), swimming with Manatees, hikes, sick kids, great photos, adventures with the other nieces and nephews.
A big thanks to Tawny's entire family:
Lois Sellars, Tawny's mom who loves our photography and has made us several quilts and crafts from them. She is an accomplished artist herself, painting, sewing, crafts, she never stops.
Brenda Jacobson, Tawny’s sister, who dragged all of her kids to our house for many weekends of cookouts and swimming. They also went on quite a few camping and trips to the beach with us. Many, many adventures right there when you have four girls! Kelly, Tory, Bethany, and Katie.
Our photography and adventures are dedicated to the memory of Katie, as she left us much too early. We miss you girlie girl. (See photo below).
Kelly, Tory and Bethany all have families now, and are continuing with the next generations. We wish they were campers, but you cannot have everything. Maybe they will be book readers.......
To Lance Sellars, wife Julie as they have always understood us going to Tampa for the holidays and accommodated us, as I am here in South Florida the rest of the year. Niece Faith, Heather, Angie....thanks for understanding! Angie has spent many years camping with us, going on vacations, visiting families, has a room at our house so she can drive us crazy. We have gone with her on some of her adventures through Shine, singing, modeling, photography, band and more. It has been a pleasure to see her talent grow as much as she has.
To the New York crew, Tawny's sister Cindy, husband Ted, another photo and techie enthusiast, for their support. Niece Ali, who we had the privilege of watching grow up from a headstrong little girl to a young lady, who finished college already, and is working her way in the corporate world. Her determination paid off. Matt the older brother who always watched out for Ali, is now watching out for all New Yorkers, he is one of New York city’s finest. We could not be prouder!
Speaking of proud, we also have Joey and Mellisa Sellars. They have always accommodated their schedules to when my travels permitted, so we could get together. He is a Marine, Osprey program, I will not put his rank, as it changes so fast. They have two new Marines in the house also!!!
Amy and Julianna have also made changes in their schedule so we could hook up, and we appreciate it.
Thanks to all of our dear friends who camp with us, who watch our house so we can go on our adventures, those who support us by encouragement and other ways, and those who are the best of friends.....
Our Packer Pals.....there will always be next year!
George, Sandy, Jim, Nancy, and some unmentionables, you know who all you are,etc. etc. etc. etc.
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In Loving Memory:
Katherine (Kay) Jewell Canales (mom) 2/27/1934 - 3/4/2009
Caitlyn (Katie) Marie Jacobson (beloved niece, camper, computer buddy) 1/11/88 - 2/17/04
September 11th, 2001 - We will never forget: Dedicated to all the victims, those in New York, Penn., DC, and those who watched these events unfold in person and on TV. To those in the Military who are and have always protected our shores and our rights. When everyone was running away from the buildings, let us not forget the brave women and men of the Fire and Police who ran toward the disaster, and who go to work every day to serve and protect us.