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Subject: NEWSLETTER #29
Sent Out On:2005-12-24
Newsletter #29
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Masai Giraffe and Baby

Elephants on the march

Hippos in love

Cheetah Mom  & kitten

Contents:

                                         1. African Photo Safari 2006 Details

                                           2. Panama Photo Safari 2006--new addition!

                                             3. Ecuador

                                               4. Product Information--New Wimberley

YOUR AFRICAN PHOTO SAFARI
 Sept. 6- 27th 2006

This year’s African Photo Safari will start in Nairobi, Kenya.  Your 22-day safari will take you to some of the most sought-after photo “hot spots” in the world.  Mt. Kilimanjaro, the second largest mountain in the world and the highest point in all of the African continent, will be the backdrop of many of our photographs while we game-drive through Amboseli National Reserve which sits at the foot of this “crown of Africa”.  As we game-drive our way toward one of the world’s ultimate photographic jewels, the Ngorongoro Crater, we will visit Lake Manyara National Park.   Among many other fabulous creatures such as over 300 species of birds, it is possible to photograph trees full of sleeping lions! 
The Ngorongoro Crater is a haven for tens of thousands of big East African wild animals, all found in a spectacular setting.  The Crater is the remnant of a volcano that blew apart, leaving a flat plain area ringed with steep walls (rim) reaching 2,000 feet above the crater floor!
There is little need for migration as there is an abundance of food and water year round.  This fact, plus the animals lack of shyness (allowing us a close proximity) guarantees viewing and photographic success!!
As always, we will be on a constant game-drive as we make our way to one of the world’s largest wildlife sanctuaries,  the Serengeti National Park.   The park is unequalled for its natural beauty and scientific value with more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra, which is the largest concentration of plains game in all of Africa.  There are 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds.  All this should keep us busy for a few days!
As we make our way to the border and the Masai Mara National Reserve, we will have a brief layover in an area called Speke’s Bay on Lake Victoria, where there are huge concentrations of birds, such as kingfishers, dwarf bitterns, Senegal lapwings, yellow white-eyed and yellow-throated greenbuls.
The Masai Mara Game Reserve is considered by many to be the premier photography/viewing location in Africa due to its varied habitats and wildlife.  Elephants, lions, hippos, Masai giraffe, zebra, gnu, impala, cheetah, and leopard are permanent residents within the park.  Traveling around the park takes you to many different habitats and scenic vistas.  I call it the  “smorgasbord of photo-opps”!!!
I want to emphasize that this safari is for any level photographer (point & shoot to professional) and non-photographers alike!!!!
To insure your photographic and viewing success, I offer the exceptional and unique setup of only two people per van!!

September 6 thru September 27th, 2006---22 FULL DAYS of incredible sights and photography!!!!!

TOTAL COST is:   $8,300.00

Deposit Due to reserve space is:  $500.00

Balance Due:  July 1, 2006…….$7,800.00

Includes:
Airport transfer to lodging in Nairobi.   Luxury accommodations on a twin-share basis with private facilities, three meals all safari days, driver & porter gratuities, vans with English speaking, knowledgeable driver/guides, all park entry fees & hotel taxes.  Rice for bean bags & water, day room at hotel, transfers to and from airport for arrival and departure flight home.

Does Not Include:
Airfare to Kenya.  Passport, shots & visa fees.  Room steward gratuities. Beverages, laundry, telephone calls, & other personal needs.  There is a $1,600.00 add-on charge for a private room.

Please visit my website:
www.joannewilliamsphoto.com  or www.natureandwildlife.com
to view pictures and receive further details.

Make check payable to:  Joanne Williams Photography, Inc.
                                           2237 NE 30th St.
                                           Lighthouse Point, Fla.  33064
                                           (954)941-7901

PANAMA:

You can visit my website www.joannewilliamsphoto.com to get the detailed information on the Panama Photo Safari coming up March 3rd.  As an added feature to this year\'s trip, I\'ve invited my good friend, Laura Williams (no relation), to join us as my \'Computer Geek\' assistant!! Her credentials are too extensive for this little newsletter.  She will be assisting me with digital support for the group: organizing digital slide shows for my evening critiques, providing her expertise with some Photoshop  tips, and handling any digital disasters that are bound to occur as we travel.  Whether you are shooting with film or digitally, \'point and shoots\' or 35mm SLR gear, the rules of photography are pretty much the same, which I will be spending alot of time reviewing.  However, the digital workflow and Photoshop techniques are not quite so "set in stone" and I anticipate some lively conversations with helpful experiences & techniques from group participants with Laura\'s guidence to keep us on track.

ECUADOR: 

On December 26th, I’ll be flying to Quito, Ecuador on what I refer to as my “recon” mission.  These trips are the time when I explore the possibilities of bringing future photo safaris to these areas.  I’m interested in reviewing the accommodations, transportation issues and, of course, the photo opportunities (subjects available, lighting, weather etc.)   I recently returned from Quito on my way to and from the Galapagos, and was impressed with how beautiful the country is, so I am confident this ‘recon mission’ will reap many rewards.  Details and images after my return in mid-January!!

Product Information:

To those who have contacted me regarding their interest in purchasing the new lighter-weight Wimberley head, I’ve been told that delivery to them will be sometime after the first of the year.  As I’ve only been allotted a limited amount of inventory for the first run, please contact me right away so I can put you on the list.  This is on a  “first come first serve” basis.

"Keep Your Aperature Your Priorty"
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Lions on the Hunt

Elephants on the Mara

 Tour participant, Sammy

Masai ladies


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