Bio - davidsparks

In Newfoundland

I retired in 2005 after 40 years of research and teaching at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (24 years), the University of Pennsylvania (8 years) and the Baylor College of Medicine (8 years). I envisioned spending most of my time exploring the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and beyond in our 32 ft. sailboat which was berthed at a marina near our house in Pensacola, FL. Those plans were modified by Hurricane Ivan which made a direct hit on Pensacola in September 2004. Our house and the boat survived with little or no damage, but the sailing scene had changed drastically. All the local marinas were destroyed; the increases in the cost of boat insurance and marina slip fees placed the cost/enjoyment ratio at a level that was psychologically unacceptable to me. I sold the boat.
Concerns about what would replace my passions for neuroscience research and sailing were alleviated after I resumed a much earlier interest in photography. I discovered that nature photography, especially bird photography, combines a number of things that I really enjoy: bird-watching, being outdoors, photography, travel, messing about with computers, and learning new skills and concepts. Consequently, in retirement I have spent most of my time engaged in this activity.

In Tanzania - I'm on the left.

This web site is one way I share photos with family, friends, and others interested in nature photography. Thanks for taking the time to view the galleries and slideshows. I welcome comments, critiques, and suggestions for improvement. If you have difficulty navigating the web site let me know. You can contact me using the Contact link in the Menu.
David Sparks