Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American Essayist
As a professor it's always fun to find out what draws students from all over the country to come to a small, Christian liberal arts college tucked into the hills of east Tennessee. This is a photograph I took a couple weeks ago on Roan Mountain of Milligan College photography student Michael Kaal (pronounced "call"). Michael hails from Arizona, but was drawn to east Tennessee for college, wanting to experience life in a different part of the country. And while Arizona is incredible and has mountains of its own - Michael was attracted to our lush green landscapes, rolling hills and temperate climate. To hear him tell it, what sealed the deal for him during his campus visit was seeing a student walk across campus with a fly rod. I'm glad he chose Milligan -- His photography is stunning and his energy and enthusiasm for his art is infectious. He is dogged in pursuit of great shots. Click here to see his work.