With a crabby friend on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand

Hello!   I am very excited at the chance to share my interests and activities with you through my new Website.

My interest in photography goes back to my childhood, when my parents gave me a Kodak Brownie camera for Christmas, probably when I was eight or nine.  I bought my first “real” camera–an Olympus Pen D–during an excursion to the Orient with the Capital University Chapel Choir, and my first single-lens reflex camera (a Pentax Spotmatic) in Germany when I went there in April 1968 to study veterinary medicine at the Free University of Berlin.  My current cameras are a Nikon D-7500 and a (waterproof) Olympus Tough G6.

I first picked up a guitar during my Freshman year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, inspired by my roommate Rick Odgers, who was a member of a folk trio and played guitar and a long-neck Vega banjo.  I taught myself to play by listening to and emulating the talents of other guitarists, especially Paul Simon, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Joni Mitchell, and Judy Collins, among others.  I wrote my first song during a break while working at a summer job at a greasy Ford Motor Co. factory.  I currently have three musical cohorts, who live in other parts of the country (we call our group Indian Summer), and we get together as often as we can (usually once a year).  We recorded an album (Aftermath) that we committed to a CD in 2003, and have been trying to make another, but things seem to keep getting in the way.  We’ll keep trying, though!

40 Responses to About

  1. Peggy says:

    Hey Gary,what a treat it has been experiencing your blog for the past couple of hours. Dancing with butterflies and chomping with chipmunks. What a gift of composition you have. Thanks for your website address. I’m intending to keep up with you through your blog. Thanks again. I’m proud to be your cousin. Do you have cds with some of your music on? Let me know how I can acquire your music. BTW, loved your competition experiences. Thank you Gary.

  2. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve actually neglected it for a while. But I’m glad that you commented on my blog as it gave me a reason to snoop around on yours. I really enjoyed looking around on your blog. Your photos are amazing. You really capture the most interesting details about a scene. Love it!

  3. Emily Gooch says:

    HI Gary, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice compliments. I’m so glad we found each other. I really enjoy your photography style and look forward to seeing more of your work. :)

  4. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures — and Congrats on your 100th blog!

  5. Peggy says:

    WOW GARY, 100!!! AND WE ARE WITNESSING HISTORY IN THE MAKING. I”M SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF IT GARY Thanks so much for sharing your life with the world. I hope your Mom can still comprehend the blog. How blessed she will be sharing it. I feel like i come back from an adventure each time I read your blog. Keep up the great work.
    Love ya Cuz…

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Peggy! I am having so much fun with this, and am starting to get very good responses from many places–England, New Zealand, Patagonia, and more. Really appreciate your kind words & feedback, too. Stay tuned for more…

  6. Hi, Gary! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m glad to have a chance to discover yours. I’ll definitely be tuning in for future posts.

  7. niki says:

    You have an impressive collection of pictures. I really enjoyed watching them and reading your articles :) Simply wonderful !

  8. dianne - "life as i see it" - "just because" says:

    Really beautiful photography.. : )

  9. hellenjc says:

    Congrats on being freshly pressed… well deserved :)

  10. seekraz says:

    Hello Gary – I don’t know what caused you to stumble upon my blog, but I’m glad you did. Thank you for visiting and for letting me know you were there. I have browsed through many of your posts already, and have enjoyed everything I’ve seen so far. I shall be following…and visiting often. Scott

    • krikitarts says:

      Wow–I think that is the fastest reaction I have ever had in response to a comment! I was following up on a comment you made to btweenblinks, and I was just going to send you a couple of links (which you probably already know full well) that have been useful to me with regard to lichen ID. I’ve been a fan for years but have only recently delved into the more serious taxonomic endeavors–but you know this if you’ve been reading some of my recent posts and my responses to the comments I’ve received. At any rate, what I was going to recommend were: http://www.sharnoffphotos.com/lichens/lichens_home_index.html and the obvious one: http://www.lichen.com/. Thanks, Scott, for the unbelievably speedy reply, and it’s nice to meet you, finally! –Gary

      • seekraz says:

        Actually…until I just read your response to my comment on your blog, I didn’t know you had left one for me…I just saw that you responded to mine, here on yours. I will have to check it out. :)

        I think I will have to get a little closer than simply browsing your posts…and see what more you have on the lichen subject. I am familiar with the lichen.com site, but not the other one…thank you. I will have to go visiting there, as well.

        It’s been nice to meet you, too, Gary…will see you here and there! :)

  11. Jeff Sinon says:

    Thanks for stopping by Gary, and all the wonderful things you said about my images. I also want to thank you for the invite to visit your little corner of blogdom. Every single photo I’ve looked at has been wonderful, you are very talented with a camera.

    Keep on clicking away, I’ll be looking forward to more.

  12. Jeff Sinon says:

    One more thing, I love your banner image. I’ve been trying to make a photo like this for a long time and I just can’t get it exactly the way I want it.

  13. Hey Gary! I have awarded you the Awesome Blog Content Award because I think your blog is fantastic. Check it out at http://photosfromtheloonybin.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/i-am-humbled/. Congrats!!

  14. Murray Foote says:

    Great Barrier is a great place to make friends with a crab….

  15. Jeff Sinon says:

    Hi Gary, considering the quality of your photos, I thought this might be something you might be interested in. Sorry about the short notice, the deadline is the 29th, I was just invited myself. Here is all the info, http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/

  16. lahgitana says:

    Good morning! That photo on your Gravatar page of your flying excited doggie reminded me of the wordpress site called Hovercraftdoggy (http://wp.me/2lnhj). They are seeking photos of, well, hovercraft doggies! Quite sweet!

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  18. Gary, nice to come across your blog and look forward to seeing more of your work. MM 🍀

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Joylene, and welcome! I do try to keep my eggs in several baskets. I’ve known folks who were at a loss for things to keep their brains and bodies occupied after retirement. I don’t think this will Ever be a problem for me!

  19. vedaeddy says:

    Hi Gary,
    I replied to a couple of comments you made on my blog, but I just wanted to add I love your blog! I love dogs, I love barns, I love country landscapes and all things in nature (except the spiders – they creep me out!) And your photos are awesome. I know I will learn a lot about composition by studying them.

    • krikitarts says:

      Hi Veda, and thanks for the high compliments! I see you’ve only resumed blogging since getting your first digital DSLR (in July?). You’re doing very nice things with it–keep up the good work!

  20. Thom Hickey says:

    Pleased to have found your distinctive work here. I’ll return! Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (some folkie posts for you there!).

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks for your visit, Thom, and for letting me know you enjoyed my work. Are you planning a post on John Renbourn, by any chance?

      • Thom Hickey says:

        Thanks. Quite likely re JR – possibly in tandem with Bert Janch and Pentangle. You might like the posts here on Paul Brady, Mary Gauthier and Jesse Winchester (among others).

  21. Sartenada says:


    I got my first camera Royer in 1953. I still have it, not shooting photos. I have a photo of it among my about-page.

    Have a good day!

  22. krikitarts says:

    Hüvää huomenta, and it’s very nice to meet you. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie, and I wish I’d kept it and all of my other cameras in between, but time moves on, as must we all. Cheers–Gary

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