When Jenney and I decided to take the leap and begin the Marsh Doctors website, it was fundamentally to share our enthusiasm of the incredible world our creator gave us to live in. We love just getting outside, and have heard from some followers that our posts are contagious, and make them want to get outdoors as well. Ever since I was twelve I wanted to be a wildlife photographer. I saved my money and bought a Cannon SLR in Jr. high school, and even went on to have my own dark room in high school. I remember one class we took required that we seek out a professional in the field we were interested in and talk to them about the profession. I eagerly contacted our area’s leading photographer, and set up an appointment to discuss following my dream! The day came quickly, and I remember my excitement as I was greeted by the “pro”. Well, it didn’t take long for him to tell me I needed to wake up and come to my senses. “It’s ludicrous to believe you can be a National Geographic photographer. Get in the real world and be more realistic,” he said.
I pursued engineering and have made a decent living using this skill in a variety of ways. But really, I always wanted to be a wildlife photographer. I think it is amazing how life works…at age 55 I now have a reason and purpose in following that dream. I believe it is a gift from above that I am able to capture God’s work in a way that is hopefully pleasing and inspirational. I know, at the very least, it is a passion and a joy to be doing it.
Through the course of believing in myself, that my photographs might just be worth sharing, I have had the good fortune of meeting a man named Greg Harty. He is an incredibly knowledgeable photographer and salesman at Jack’s Camera Shop in Muncie. I could tell the moment I met him that we were cut from the same cloth. A true lover of the outdoors and an expert at his profession, Greg has guided me in the purchase of my Canon camera equipment (now some 40 years later in life). He and his wife have spent the last year visiting every state park in Indiana and hiking the trails. They even entered the Indiana State Parks Centennial Sign Selfie contest. Well, Molly won! And you know what’s really cool…they got a free season pass to the Indiana State Parks! It turns out they had already received a season pass as a gift…and so, Greg decided to give it to us!
Well, I may be taking too much license here, but the difference between an amateur and a professional is that the professional gets paid for what they do. I know if we weren’t doing this website, we would very likely not know Greg. As such, I am choosing to view his very kind gesture as a payment for our service. Yes, that’s right…Greg and his lovely wife have officially made me a professional photographer!
Might be a stretch, but I’m going with it!
Thank you, Greg and Molly!