When I returned home, I joined the digital and amateur photography worlds, purchasing my first digital SLR camera and taking the New York Institute of Photography's professional photography course.
From the beginning, my photography interests coincided with my adventure travel interests. I soon found myself drawn most to photographing local people and animals. While I am at home, my two Jack Russell terriers make excellent practice models (when I can catch them).
It was two years ago, after a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro followed by a safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, I realized that wildlife conservation photography was my true passion. My trip to Uganda and Rwanda last year, especially the tracking of mountain gorillas, intensified that passion.
At this point, I am striving to increase my photography skills and make plans to pursue my wildlife conservation goals, while still maintaining my "day job" as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. Given any free time, however, I will be off on my next wildlife photography adventure....