From a desert oasis inn in central Iran (top) to St. Vincent in the southern Carribean to Isle au Haut, Me., to Dogwood Harbor on Tilghman Island, Md., I have sought and found interesting and uncrowded places to write about and to photograph.
A former editor at newspapers including The Sun Times in Chicago, The Baltimore Sun, The International Herald Tribune in Paris and The New York Times, I now live in Talbot County, Md., and work as a freelance writer, editor and photographer. I also have taught journalism at Salisbury University.
My writing and photography have most frequently been featured in The New York Times, where I worked 15 years as an editor and copy desk chief.
All photos on this site were taken by me and are my property.
My travel blog is at www.touristfirst.blogspot.com.
Above, a howler monkey in Nicaragua.
This old Spanish fort at El Castillo on the Río San Juan in Nicaragua once helped protect cargos of gold destined for Spain. The San Juan connects Lake Nicaragua with the Caribbean. If a canal had been built in Nicaragua instead of Panama, this river would have been part of it -- ruining what is still today a pristine and free-flowing river.