Retiring in 2011 after 43 years as an English teacher, media specialist, and district-level administrator in Jonesboro Public Schools (AR) has allowed me to focus on enjoying life outside the world of public education. Two of my passions (traveling and gardening) are closely linked with photography. While I have always documented my travels and, lately, my flowers with photographic images, I have only recently begun to explore photography in more depth in order to improve my skills, both artistically and mechanically. Recently in 2017 I switched from the Canon DSLR I had used for several years to a new Fujifilm X-T2. It was a good choice for me, I think. I enjoy the challenges and rewards of this element of life-long learning. I hope you enjoy the images I've chosen to share.