A native Oregonian, Michael grew up in a small mountain town in Central Oregon where he developed a wonder and respect for the mountains and the outdoors. Any free time is now devoted to exploring and capturing the mountainous regions in the Northwest United States and beyond.
When asked what surprised him most about humanity he answered:
Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.