I received a 35 mm Ricoh camera as an appreciation gift after I left my first job as a camp program director. As a Christian camp director for 30 years, that camera documented the camp ministry story until digital cameras, video and interns took my place.

I retired from camping 10 years ago and longed to be able to pick up a camera to capture photos captured in my mind’s eye on daily walks, hikes and bike rides. My favorite activity was talking kids on nature hikes and training staff to infuse enthusiasm into these “nature hikes” as opportunities to open the minds of young people to the wonders of discovery.

In my way of thinking, discovery and appreciation of God’s creative world is the beginning of taking care of it. So I’ve never been preoccupied with names and identification (but I do for my curiosity) but focus on the wonder.

I was given a camera this spring to finally let me shoot the photos that come my way. This blog give me an opportunity to share a few of those snap shots.

Things you should know (maybe):
I walk for exercise first, photos are a by-product. No highly structured photo shoots from me.
Although retired, I’m still  productive. I am blessed to be an aid to the visually impaired. I enjoy enabling young people and the challenge of bringing light to the eyes of the blind is very rewarding.
I pastor a small rural church on Sundays and am always on call.
I still go back to a camp or two each summer, usually as a speaker to middle school young people. And yes, I go on nature hikes with them.
I have three grandchildren and life is at its best when I’m hiking with them. They keep my eyes open to the wonder of it all.

Thanks for looking in and joining me along the w


21 thoughts on “About

  1. JANE

    I admire your gentle spirit. Helping others to see and feel nature is service to Earth that I wish more folks embraced. You, as I, are not “retired”, please consider yourself, “re-inspired.”

    1. the Ordinary Hiker Post author

      Thank you. I like the sound of re-inspired. My love for creation and the creator has been the one constant love through my career. I have more time to devote and enjoy it now….but still not enough, never enough it seems

  2. julial213

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great pictures for just walking about. I’m looking forward to doing that too when I retire in Oct. Happy Easter.~julia

    1. the Ordinary Hiker Post author

      Glad you found me. Welcome aboard and to WordPress. I checked your artwork, very nice, you have talent and as you stick with it i’m sure you’ll find your expression and your voice in art. Keep Looking Up1

  3. aj vosse

    Thanks for visiting OMBH… I like what I see and agree wholeheartedly with you about the outdoors! I’m also a grandfather and love walking in the outdoors with the little ones! I have one lad that’s particularly keen and he cant wait for me to visit!

  4. Mic.

    Hello, Bill. I just ran across your 1st place and Best of Show at Mount Union Nature Center Photography Contest…absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations!

    I hope you and your family are well. Best wishes to you.


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