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Newsletter #115

Newsletter # 115

White Pelican


Barred Owl Chicks

Snapping Gator




Florida’s Pontoon Putt Adventure
Tour #2

The Puffin Pad



March 27 th thru 30th (check out in a.m. of March 31st)


Florida has wonderful wildlife and fabulous photographic opportunities if you know its’ secrets, which I have spent years discovering, and am bursting to share with my fellow enthusiasts! An all-time favorite tour of mine, and almost a 100% guarantee of great success in viewing & photographing the wildlife & nature’s treasures is my Pontoon Putt on the St. John’s River in and around the Deland area. I’ve been boating & photographing there for almost thirty years! I will quietly glide & guide you down secret little tributaries & logging runs with beautiful reflections, various species of birds & mammals, as well as our Florida alligators, frogs, lizards etc.

January thru May/June is my favorite time as weather is usually lovely, wildlife actively courting, mating, nesting, and/or babies are arriving on the scene, or hollering to be fed, or awkwardly attempting to fledge making for wonderful action shots. Hearing the unusual sounds of alligators courting will send shivers down your spine, but witnessing their gentle, loving interaction will have you in awe of the experience.



Historically I’ve found that it takes at least 4 days to ‘do the loop’ of spots to see and photograph in that particular area. For those coming a long distance (or out of state), I recommend, & have organized, a four-day/four-night trip with wonderful accommodations provided; healthy, hardy gourmet dinners, box lunches, & simple breakfasts (special diets are not a problem). There is a pool for quiet-time relaxation when the sun is too high or too low for photography. I keep my groups small so tripods can easily be used if needed on this 24 ft. stable, pontoon boat, but I’ve also designed special bean bags for easy use in place of tripods. For the locals, with advance notice (to avoid overcrowding), I welcome ½ day or full-day participation during my four-day adventure. My professional assistance and/or instruction is always available, as well as group and/or individual critiquing of your work. The full four-day package is a wonderful value at $1,450.00, which includes all of the following: Private/tour/boating with the professional photographer/tour leader/teacher (me), all meals, & excellent living accommodations. One-half day excursions are $250.00 per person (no meals included) and full-day trips (with siesta-time during mid-day’s harsh light) are $375.00 (including a boxed lunch).


As stated before, I keep the group size very small to insure plenty of room for tripods, bean bags, & individual attention and instruction if needed. I recommend that if you are at all interested in this March 27 th-30 th trip and want space reserved, (or if you have any questions) that you call me directly on my cell (954) 914-5884 as soon as possible. If you would like to set up your own group tour with at least four participants for another date, I am open to make arrangements for that also.




This is NOT a hangout for teenage puffins, or a term for a home for wayward puffins, but a ‘new-ish’, to me, product!!! I don’t often endorse products or items, but I feel this one deserves your attention, & my recommendation. It is the Puffin Pad. I’m not going to recommend you throw out your bean bags or the heavy duty metal window mounts (not that you would anyway!), but I am suggesting you look into this lightweight (3.4 oz), inexpensive, well-designed piece of equipment as an addition to your photography arsenal. Go to the website and check out the different uses and positions you can do: Another handy use for this new item is when I’m packing my bag for airline travel—or any travel– I turn it upside down in the suitcase, or back of the car, and cradle the larger lens inside the Puffin Pad as added protection. Give it a try. I bet you will like it.


A Happy New Year with tons of Shooting Success!!



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:


Photographic Accessories

The Better Beamer Flash Extender

For telephoto lenses from 300mm on up only $45.00 each

More Info


Specifications & Functions

  • Reduces battery drain
  • Weighs 2 1/2 ounces
  • Easy to use
  • Fits in your shirt pocket
  • Flash reaches greater distances (about 500 ft.) w/smaller aperture
  • Fresnel lens stays in place with sturdy side-arms
“Keep Your Aperture Your Priority”

Purple Galinule Chick

Least Bittern Chicks

Young Moorhens & Slide Turtle
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