I love Kodachrome 64! Well, I used to, until film cameras went the way of vinyl records. Now I shoot digitally, but I sure miss using my old Nikon F2 (I now use a Nikon D90 digital camera). My photographs have appeared in photography books, on magazine covers, and in calendars (as the sole photographer). When I lived in the San Francisco area, I served

as a photography judge for the Northern California Council of Camera Clubs. I was also an active member of the Peninsula Camera Club, at the Master level, and edited the club’s monthly newsletter. I enjoy shooting mostly travel and scenic photographs, as well as abstracts and blurred lights, and have photographed throughout Europe as well as in Canada, the United States, and Japan. Most of my early photographs have been in the 35mm slide format, practically all of which (out of about 20,000) I haven’t had scanned, so I don’t have my best photographs in digital format yet. More recently, I’ve been shooting a lot more family, people, and event photographs, especially haiku events. The following are a few photography links and recent sample pictures (click to enlarge each picture). Not much for now, but just wait until I get a scanner!   + 
[Photo above by Jim Swift, at Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Delta, British Columbia, 2003.]


Three favourite quotations from Ansel Adams:

  • “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
  • “A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into.”
  • “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”
Michael Dylan Welch’s Picasa Web Albums
Open Window (haiku and photographs)
Silver Notes (longer poems and photographs)

Selected Summer 2012 Favourites


Blurred Fireworks - 4 and 14 July 2012

Selected Photo Albums

The following are most of my online photo albums. To view them, visit the Picasa link provided above, or scroll down to the samples below.



        Mostly Abstract (37 photos)

        Blurred Fireworks, 4 July 2011 (64 photos)

        Neon Buddha Photo-Haiga (5 photos)

        Silver Notes—Sculptures at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park (119 photos)



        Poetry on Buses (5 photos)

        Vancouver Haiku Stone (38 photos)

        SoulFood Books (59 photos)

        SoulFood Poetry Party, 28 June 2009 (132 photos)

        Burning Word Poetry Festival, 2008 (204 photos)

        Two Autumns Reading, San Francisco, 13 September 2009 (282 photos)

        Redmond Derby Days Poetry Table, 2010 (78 photos)

        Haiku on Sticks, 2010 (135 photos)

        SAM Remix / American Sentences Encounter, 2010 (102 photos)

        Sakura Days Japan Fair, Vancouver, 3 April 2011 (314 photos)


Haiku Society of America Quarterly Meetings

        25–27 June 2010, Seattle (285 photos)

        3–5 June 2011, Bend, Oregon (255 photos)

        12 February 2012, Seattle (49 photos)

HSA Panel at 2010 American Literature Association Conference (20 photos)


Haiku Northwest (18 photos)

Haiku Northwest Holiday Party, 3 December 2009 (16 photos)

Haiku Northwest / Port Townsend Joint Haiku Meetings

        8 November 2008, Fort Worden (53 photos)

        11 June 2009, Marrowstone Island (126 photos)

        26 September 2009, Kubota Garden (94 photos)

        2 October 2010, Fort Worden (179 photos)

        18 June 2011, Bloedel Reserve (207 photos)

Helen Russell’s 100th Birthday Party (13 photos)

Seabeck Haiku Getaway

        18 October 2009 (414 photos)

        7 November 2010 (501 photos)

        2011 photos coming soon


Gabriola Haiku Weekend

        24–26 July 2009 (332 photos)

        23–25 July 2010 (165 photos)

        2011 photos coming soon


Haiku North America 2009, Ottawa, Ontario

        Part 1 (478 photos)

        Part 2 (488 photos)

        Part 3 (200 photos)

Haiku North America 2011, Seattle



        Thomas’s Sixth Birthday Party, 10 October 2009 (272 photos)

        Thomas’s 2011 Little League Selected Photos (89 photos)

        Thomas’s Huskies 2011 Basketball League (47 photos)


Selected Photographs

Blurred Fireworks - 4 July 2011