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Working in the French Alps, Chamonix, France (Photo by Holly Howell)

I am a travel photographer and map maker. My education includes a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources (emphasizing soil science, GIS, and remote sensing) from Humboldt State University.  My professional background is in managing soil survey geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing analysis, satellite image processing, statistical modeling, GIS training, and digital soil mapping throughout California. I also collaborate nationally and have presented our work at Global Digital Soil Mapping Workshops in Montpellier, France, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Logan, Utah held by the International Union of Soil Sciences. I retired in January 2010 after 32+ years with the same employer. But I continue to work in and be interested in GIS and map creation and image analysis.

I am now turning my attention to developing my own travel photography and map business.  I sell prints, matted prints, and framed prints of photographs of intriguing scenes of my home area (north coast of California) and more exotic locations. I also create and sell custom maps using high resolution aerial photographs, or topographic maps, with or without hillshading enhancement. All prints are archival quality and can be mounted on museum grade backing and protected with archival mat.

I enjoy this combination of technical precision and creative expression. My photography skills and interests are expanding as I work and study in different locations.

On this blog I will tell brief stories about some of the photos and maps. You can visit my online galleries to view more of my portfolio. Click the Photography link above.

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