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Below are essays I have written regarding my images and the nature they represent . . .

The Nature of Seeing Nature

Before something can be photographed, it needs to be seen. Sight is the faculty, the blessing, given to us by which we can experience and come to know the universe that we live in. Sight has two aspects, an inner element and an outer element. The inner aspect of seeing is intimately tied . . .


Taking Care of Our Mother, Part 1

On the issue of environmentalism, Islam really does not address it explicitly in the modern discourse. Thus this essay is not about recycling, nor about greenhouse gases, nor about pollution. Its not about preservation, nor conservation. The religion of Islam is not about these things. The traditional texts won't address the . . .


Taking Care of Our Mother, Part 2

The Native Americans cared about the land that they lived on. They had to. They learned that to live on a land, you had to live with the land. The land was a part of them. If the land was hurt, if the air and water were hurt, if . . .


Islam and the Muslims

On September 11, 2001 the world changed. A band of criminals attacked the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York killing thousands of innocent civilians and themselves. Since that day, the United States government and most of the nations in the world have pinned the blame on Al-Qaida terrorist group, which happens . . .


The Patient Endure

This photograph was taken on October 13, 2001, two days and one month after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Between those two dates I was very confused and frightened as how to conduct my life as a Muslim living here in America. Many scholars that were trustworthy . . .


How Great the Creator

This essay was inspired by a song written and performed by Yusuf Islam, who was known as Cat Stevens prior to becoming Muslim. He captures in that song the very essence of what we all need to realize. Namely, that the Creator of us and our world is Great. For greatness can only . . .


Who Am I...Why Am I Here?

I was born and raised in Southern California. I have always had a connection to the earth from an early age. From being in the field with my father who was a landscaper and nursery owner to playing army and building push go-carts in my youth. As I entered my teenaged years, I became interested . . .


Out with the Old and In with the New

The phrase that graces the title of this article is not a new one and itís something that we do on regular basis with clothes, furniture, cars and yes, even cameras. In the world of photography however, this ritual of replacing old gear with new and improved gear happens quite often. Photography today, and how . . .


Timing is Everything

Itís a late Saturday afternoon and I just finished closing my show booth after a poor day of sales on the municipal wharf in Santa Cruz, California. The rigors of exhibiting and selling your photographic work leaves little time to photograph on a regular basis, so this time I decided that after the show I . . .


Many Moons Ago...

Many moons ago, it was said "They ask you about the new moons..." and it was answered "...Say they are timetables for the people...". Amazing both the question and the answer, and ever since then the moon has been used to tell time. Not in the sense of how we tell time today, . . .


Enough is Enough

With the news of this morning's terrorist attacks in London streaming over the radio waves, my heart and prayers go out to those and their families who were injured or killed. As expected, speculations arising that the perpetrators might be from Al Qaida, it is hard not to link such acts with Islam and . . .


The Real Deal

I am not a political analyst. Nor do I enjoy politics all that much. However recent events have brought on a new interest in what goes on with the governance of the land in which I live. When we elect people to run the country we would hope that they have some scruples. Unfortunately, most . . .






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