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Newsletter #114

Newsletter # 114

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“BORN FREE” Musical Slide Presentation on March 3rd

Space Coast Wildlife & Birding Festival Summary



Thursday evening March 3, 2011, at 6:00 pm, I will be giving my presentation, “BORN FREE”, at the Lighthouse Point Library in Fletcher Hall located at 2200 NE 38th St. This 50-minute musical presentation is comprised of many of my images shown in such publications as Audubon Magazine, Nature’s Best Magazine, and even the image that hung in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, which is one of my proudest moments. It is a lighthearted, amusing & somewhat educational production with a gentle message about what Nature’s gifts have to offer us absolutely free—at no charge. There is always a message (whether hidden or blatant) in every scene we see in life. What matters is how we choose to read those messages & what we do with them in our lives. For me, my collection of images has shown me one ‘common thread’; no matter whether we are furry, feathery, scaly, or walk on two feet or four, swim or fly, we all began life on this earth pretty much the same—born free. Most of what we see around us are free gifts: the flowers, the trees, birds, butterflies, blue skies, black skies, and/or baby’s first step. “Born Free” is my tribute to all those free gifts, which I want to share with you. My message is that no matter how hard things get, or bad our economy becomes, or how many oil spills occur, you have a wonderful source of joy before you absolutely free—at no charge—if you’ll just stop and look and try to see it My Way! This production is open to the public at no charge, with an hors d’oeurves or two. However, seating is limited and it is recommended that you call the library for a reservation at (954) 946-6398.



PANTANAL, BRAZIL JUNE TOUR: THIS TOUR IS FOR YOU!!! For ALL OF YOU nature & wildlife lovers, photographers & non-photographers, pros and amateurs, this tour is my one and only GUARANTEE in life when it comes to outstanding opportunities to view unbelievably odd-looking mammals (like the Giant Anteater, or endangered Tapir–a hog-like mammal related to the rhino family–the holler monkeys, whose screams send shivers up & down your spine, or strange-looking yellow armadillos) to name just a few. To see the rainbow of colors in which our creator dressed so many of the bird species will make any fashion-conscious soul envious! Of course there is the human element as the Pantanal is 10 x the size of the Everglades, with 98% of it being privately-owned ranch land or farm land (rice), so often we are on a working ranch with real cowboys, and all the fun opportunities that has to offer…not to mention the fabulous food. (Have to keep cowboys well-fed!!). As always, I keep my groups small allowing much more favorable conditions for great success in viewing and photographing, so space is becoming limited for this June tour. Please visit my website for the details of costs, dates, etc. and to see many more images, which should ‘wet your appetite’.



Once again, a big success!


This was my 13th year participating in this wonderful event. From all angles there is a great deal of planning & work that goes into making this such a memorable festival; those in charge of putting it together (Neta, who says she & I are growing old together doing this—her 14th year) Barb, a major role-player & always an advocate & friend for me, & my friend, Joel—a superstar who is always there with a helping-hand & smile, & of course, the many, many volunteers, the sponsors and all the hard-working tour/photo (especially MY TEAM)/birding/craft businesses that set up their booths….often traveling thousands of miles to participate. They came from Africa, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Panama, England, California, Texas, & of course, Lighthouse Point etc. to display all the wonderful opportunities their part of the world has to offer us, and all the latest equipment available. (Sorry for those vendors/booth owners I left out) I am continually surprised at those who live within a fairly short distance of this internationally-known event that don’t take the time to attend. There is so much to learn and enjoy. I’m not sure of the size of this year’s attendance, but it seemed to be a ‘biggie’.


I loved seeing so many old friends, and making new ones, (and I’m worried about those older friends who didn’t show up—please touch base). Thank you all for coming by my booth, attending my workshops, & my musical slide presentation—which many of you were so gracious to take the time to come back by the booth to let me know how much you enjoyed it (even if it did make your cry—happy tears!!) A tremendous amount of time and work goes into those presentations, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank those special people that helped me….First would be my husband, Tad, who has to listen to me ‘rant and rave’ when the computer and/or printer doesn’t work or listen to me read and re-read the script! Then he patiently helps me get back on track. Then….many, many thanks & kudos to: in alphabetical order…..drum roll, please… Jeff, Kris & Laura….Without you, there would not be a booth, an outstanding slide presentation, a brochure on the table (or candy), or a sane Joanne Williams!!! Thank you!

Happy Shooting!! And, “Keep Your Aperture Your Priority”



If you are interested in any of my tours, click on their corresponding link below:



Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:


As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken, and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!

A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review:


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