Welcome to the stunning world of the American southwest. Enjoy images of nature's splendor from Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah, Nevada & a few other random locations from around the world. On this site you will find scenes of incomparable beauty along with photos of the people and adventures that make these photos a memory of life lived to the fullest and the beauty of the world that hosted these amazing adventures. These additional photos help tell the story of the moment, capture the feeling & emotion of the adventure as it was unfolding and I feel they deserve time with the spectacular sunset or beautiful flower that merely played a supporting role in the greater adventure. I have found that the old adage, "The voyage is often more interesting than the destination" holds more truth than I could have ever imagined. I hope that you enjoy this multifaceted view of the world as I have observed it through the lens of my camera as much as I have enjoyed living this voyage! If you like what you see please leave me a public comment and click the Facebook "Like" or twitter buttons that are on every page. Share my work with others! If you need to contact me you may send an email from the home page contact link. Thank you for taking time to view my work!! Kelly D. McLaughlin
Over the years I have sought to blend a lifelong love of the outdoors and photography, smoothly together with my life as a husband, father, career sailor in the US Navy & Locomotive Engineer with the BNSF Railroad. On and through this site I am striving to share the wonderful world that I see through my camera lens with you and others. I was born and raised in Colorado, spending untold hours of my youth wandering the forests and mountains of that beautiful state with my brothers, fishing, hiking, living in a tent deep in the forests of the high Rockies for entire summers, skiing through the winters and developing the love that I will forever have for God’s Creation. As a child, I had long been enthralled by the sea stories and visions of far away lands painted by my grandfather in his tales of life as a sailor in the US Navy during WWII. So... following my graduation from high school, I joined the US Navy and volunteered for submarine duty, seeking that extra level of excitement and risk that the mysterious world of submarines offered. It was a choice I have never regretted. Shortly following my completion of basic training I did something that followed me throughout my naval career and has heavily influenced my life ever since… I bought a nice Canon 35mm camera that I had no idea how to use! I studied and practiced and taught myself how to use the camera and totally fell in love with the world of photography. I served tours of duty on 3 fast attack nuclear subs during some of the most defining moments of the Cold War during the decade of the 80’s under Ronald Reagan and the first president Bush. Then in the mid 90’s as the US was downsizing it’s military in the wake of the reduced Soviet threat, I found myself in a career with a somewhat dim future as we decommissioned large numbers of submarines and had a surplus of men to man the surviving boats. Faced with bleak prospects of further advancement I accepted the Navy’s offer of an early retirement and separated from the world of submarines in 1995. Following my retirement I briefly explored the prospects of life as a prison guard with the Arizona Dept. of Corrections… much to confining for me! Then in 1997 I hired on with the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe railroad as a freight conductor and immediately fell in love with the job. I was once again outdoors for the most part and regularly seeing the wonderful and ever changing scenery & wildlife of Arizona and New Mexico as the train rolled down the track. I am now a locomotive engineer for BNSF, working out of Winslow Arizona and I really can’t think of a better job to have… except possibly shooting photos full time! But my camera never strays far from my side so I really have the best of both worlds! In making the leap from film to digital photography, I can only compare the difference to what a prisoner must feel when being released from prison! I hope that you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy creating it. Thank You Kelly D. McLaughlin
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