A portrait of Donald Kautz along the Conestoga RiverI grew up and still live among the beautiful farmland and rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I have been interested in photography my entire life (starting with a Kodak Brownie box camera) but have gotten more serious with the hobby after my three children have become adults. I am a retired software engineer which probably explains why I enjoy the technical aspects of digital photography post processing as much as capturing the images in the first place. I enjoy landscape photography and love to photograph scenes around Lancaster County, focusing on the Conestoga River and the remaining water-powered grist mills that my still be found around the county. I am interested in the history of Lancaster County and have written a book about the Conestoga River. You can purchase a copy of my book from the Merchandise page on this site.

I am currently serving as president of the Lancaster Camera Club (lancastercameraclub.org) and am a member of the board of the Conestoga River club (conestogariverclub.org). Click on the Mills link in the menu to browse my collection of information about Lancaster County mills. This is being updated all the time so check back for updates. Also you may want to visit my photo gallery on the Gallery page. In the blog section you will find articles that I write from time to time about Lancaster County history.