Thirty-some years ago, when I was about 14 years old, my mom enrolled me in an evening photography class at the local college, sparking a lifetime love for photography.

TX - Sunrise
Sunrise in west Texas

Over the years, I have taken thousands and thousands and thousands of photos – many on 35mm film, many more in digital. About a year ago, I started converting my favorite film photos to digital, which is a time-consuming process.

Taft - Standing in the seafoam 6
Feet in the foam, Lincoln City, OR

Just recently, I have started to sort through my digital photos, culling the ones that are not worth keeping and organizing those with value.

Cherry tomatoes
Garden treats

Because I have been taking digital photos since 2006, it was obvious that this will be a long project, so I thought maybe I’d break it down into chunks, starting with recent photos and working my way back into the time capsule of old photos.

Fiddlehead Fern
Fiddlehead fern, Jefferson Wilderness, OR

The most recent chunk is all the photos I’ve taken since 2014. Four-ish years shouldn’t be too bad, right?

Mertens Mill Gear 1
Abandoned mill equipment, Jawbone Flats ghost town, OR

Uh, wrong. I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw that I had nearly 20,000 photos to go through.

Mother always said, “Never eat anything larger than your head.”

This could take some time.

Car show 1
Rockabilly Car Show, Issaquah, WA

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