You can view my online portfolio on my photography page. 


I have always mixed art, science, and the environment. I discovered photography on a sixth grade field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo where I unsuccessfully attempted to photograph every animal I saw.

My portfolio includes intimate images, up close and personal. I hope to reach viewers on an emotional level, sharing my love for our environment and our planet. I look to appreciate the small parts of the scene, then extract it from the overall picture and put in a frame of its own.

"I want to share the supernatural colors I find in natural forms." 

"I want to live in a world where we can take the time to stop and enjoy the beauty in small places." 

Photographers now have such wonderful tools to express our world! My photographic artwork can now resemble classical oil paintings, watercolors, and graphic designs, but they are originally derived from digital photographs.     

Travel blogger

I'm Whelan on Walkabout, and I write personal stories about the discovery of place, learning about myself, and the environment. Personal, sense of place stories that entertain, question, and inspire. I strive to maintain a good attitude and a positive outlook.  I want to provide a moment of relief so we can all face the world. I do not have sponsors, advertisements, endorsements, or commerce on my site. 

Keith and I hiking in Death Valley.

Keith and I hiking in Death Valley.

Mission: Understanding myself, then sharing my view of our world through introspection, personal expression, and travel. Achieve a connection with friends and family in a conversation of who is where and why?

Vision: Life is short and we all need to connect, no matter how far apart. Love is without space or time. We love to travel and see the world, and we want to share our love.

Goal: Communicate with family and friends to stay connected. Create a location independent connection with family and friends who are interested in me and the world.

Whelan on Walkabout blog contains my opinions and does not reflect the opinions of any organizations I might be affiliated with.  Any information I provide on Whelan on Walkabout blog is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge, but there may be omissions, errors or mistakes. The information on Whelan on Walkabout is for entertainment and/or informational purposes only. Whelan on Walkabout is not a professional website and it should not be seen as professional advice. Whelan on Walkabout reserves the right to change the focus or content at any time.


After 33 years with the USDA, Forest Service, I have retired to Olympia, Washington. Clean and green is where I want to be. 

I enjoy traveling with my husband and my two adult children. My international travels have taken me to: Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia, London, Rome, Paris, Panama, Costa Rica, and Honduras.   In the United States I have traveled to: Yellowstone,  Kauai, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, New York, Washington D.C.,  Arizona, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest and a road trip across the U.S. from Pennsylvania back to California.  

Last year I started publishing "Whelan on Walkabout" my travel blog. I enjoy writing and sharing stories and photographs about my travels. My readership isn't big, but I pour my heart into it. I believe that by writing photographing, and sharing my travels, I have a richer, longer lasting experience. 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry Management from Humboldt State University, Arcata California and additional training from the University of California, Los Angeles, Hayward State University, and I completed the Executive Leadership Program, USDA Graduate School 2008.