For a writer, and indeed a poet, there is nothing quite as inspiring as photographic images to get the creative juices flowing. To draw upon gorgeous natural landscapes or other images representative of the written piece they are to accompany only serves to enhance the reading experience. Images are powerful in that they are quite effectively used to employ emotional response.
I often draw upon images from my homeland region surrounding West Kelowna, BC where we have called home for six months now. The astounding beauty of this province is breathtaking to say the least. Reader response has been tremendous over the years and the ethereal serenity of the region throughout the expansive Okanagan Valley is quite unlike anywhere else we have ever lived or traveled to.
My passion for writing is perhaps only exceeded by my love of this land where one discovers semi-arid desert, stunning lake vistas, rugged mountain ranges, wildlife from deer to bears and cougar, rolling foothills in a patchwork quilting of wineries and vineyards and huge fruit farms abound. World class wines are produced from the local grapes and the geography and climate draw scores of tourists to bask in this haven.
Our homeland represents new beginnings for my wife Andrea and I…and powerful inspiration for my written word.