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Newsletter # 53
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Blue-crowned Trogan

African Safari

Red & Green Macaw

Roseate Spoonbill





The Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival 2008 in Titusville

Pantanal Photo Safari

Africa Photo Safari

Madagascar Photo Safari





Come join in on the fun at the 11 th annual Festival on January 23rd thru the 28th. For in-depth details on all the activities visit their website at www.nbbd.com/fly. As in past years, I’ll be leading three in-the-field photography workshops on the 24th, 25th, & 26th. I still talk in “film lingo” as well as digital, and may possibly have a tip or two for those who enjoy shooting the ‘digiscope-way’, as well as the ‘point and shoot’ photographers. Bring all your toys, photoshop tips, revelations, horror stories, success stories, advice and we’ll have an old-fashioned “PHOTO-BEE” while out shooting images of the local fauna!!! In other words, you all are welcome into my photography workshop groups as I firmly believe we all can ‘bring something to each other’s table’.

On Wednesday, January 23rd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm and on Saturday, January 26th from 2:30 to 3:30 I’ll be giving my slide presentation featuring my latest tour destination to Madagascar, as well as images from my safaris to Africa and the largest wetland in the world, the Pantanal. Of course, I had to include a few favorite images taken in and around our very own famous wetland, the Everglades.

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Please come by my booth which is located in the gym of the Brevard Community College North Campus. I’ll have informative, give-away brochures of the up-coming Safari/Tours, large laminated images taken while on these various safaris, and a sign-up sheet for a FREE “by appointment only”--- during the festival----fifteen-minute private critique of any of your work. Bring by your e-mail address and drop it in my ‘Free Drawing’ Box., or just come by to say hello!!!




The date is set for June 4 th thru June 21st, the lodges & guides are booked, and the wildlife is on “red alert” awaiting your arrival! You lucky people will have a fabulous lifetime experience viewing and photographing the wonders of the largest inland wetland in the world! In our own private bus, we will be traveling to three different areas of the Pantanal in Brazil that I have personally experienced and are among my favorite spots because of the abundance and variety of birds and other wildlife. We will be visiting and living on privately owned lands---huge ranches which encompass thousands of acres for as far as the eye can see. For our daily safaris, I’ve made arrangements for vehicles with experienced drivers and naturalists/guides which will insure finding our subjects and provide us comfortable shooting space.

The Pantanal stands as one of the world’s great natural wonders with its extraordinarily concentrated and diverse flora and fauna, and a landscape that spans a variety of ecological sub-regions. This area of the world is an unequaled wildlife sanctuary containing hundreds of species of birds, huge varieties of butterflies, and mammals such as Capuchin and Howler monkeys, anteaters, capybaras, crab-eating foxes, and tapirs to name just a few. Caimans, anacondas and numerous species of lizards are just a few of the reptiles we will be able to photograph. Many endangered and rare species like the jaguar, ocelot, giant river otter and increasingly rare Hyacinth macaw make their home in the Pantanal. This is truly a wildlife and nature lover’s, birder’s, and/or photographer’s paradise. Visit my website and view some of the images taken during my last visits: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com. You do not need to be a photographer to go on and enjoy my Joanne Williams Pantanal Safari!!

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You will fly to Sao Paulo, Brazil where your tour begins when you catch your flight to Campo Grande.



Tour includes:

Accommodations & all Meals

Vans, Transportation hotels, lodges & airport transfer

Naturalist/Guides (full tour)

Fees at parks Two Night-drive/safaris with guides (can add-on more drives at your own expense)

Professional Photo Instruction (one-on-one and/or group) upon request prior to trip.


Tour does not include:

Tips for drivers, guides, staff personnel Personal sherpas (available with advanced notice). Airline ticket from USA to Campo Grande. Personal items (liquor, wine, gifts)


Costs: Please visit my website under the Pantanal Tour information for this year’s cost which should be posted momentarily!



SAFARI 2008 - August 16th thru September 2nd

Your African Safari to Kenya will take you to some of the most sought after photo “hot spots” in the world. In the Samburu Game Reserve, a semi-desert habitat, you will see the unique reticulated giraffe, gerenuk that feed while standing on their hind legs, the thin-striped Grevy’s zebra, dozens of species of birds such as the lilac-breasted rollers, vulturine guineafowl, or pale-chanting goshawks. Samburu is a great location for leopards and excellent for filming.


We will be visiting Lake Nakuru, home of one of the largest populations of lesser flamingos in the world, plus Rothschild giraffes, olive baboons, impala and the elusive leopard are some examples. Our itinerary will include many opportunities to photograph the scores of bird species that live in and around our various destinations, such as: African spoonbills, goliath heron, jewel-like Malachite kingfisher, yellow-billed stork, and snake eagle to name a few.

The Masai Mara Game Reserve is considered by many the premier photography location in Africa offering a variety of habitats and wildlife. Elephants, hippos, Masai giraffe, zebra, gnu, impala, Thompson’s & Grants gazelles, topi, hartebeest, hyrax, jackal, hyena, cheetah, leopard and lion are permanent, and fairly common residents within the park. The highlight of this area is the ‘great migration’ of the wildebeest and zebra, and hopefully, the famous river crossing with thousands of animals leaping into a raging river filled with 15’ to 18’ Nile Crocodiles! We will be spending the longest part of our Safari within the Mara, giving us the optimum photo opportunities. Also to help insure our photographic success, I offer the exceptional setup of only two photographers per van, which is a rarity among tour leaders!

Other destinations may be added and will be announced at a later date.

Included are: Airport transfer to lodging in Nairobi. Luxury accommodations on a twin-share basis with private facilities while on safari, breakfast, lunch & dinner all days, driver & porter gratuities, vans with English speaking, knowledgeable driver-guides (2 persons per van only!), all park entry fees and hotel taxes. Rice for bean bags and water will also be provided during the safari., and a day room before airport transit, plus the actual transit to the Nairobi airport.

Cost: $8,700.00…………….$500.00 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot

Single Supplement: $1,700.00

Price Does Not Include: Airfare to and from Kenya; Passport and visa fees; Airport taxes; Room steward/maid gratuities; Beverages, laundry, telephone calls, e-mail charges or any other personal needs. There will be a single supplement charge.



Discover & Photograph

 The Mysteries of MADAGASCAR

 “The Eighth Content”


The date is set for September 4th thru September 19th, 2008. Our guides, drivers, lodges and in-country air flights are booked. All you need to do is pack your bags, load up your camera gear, and do whatever you do before you embark on this trip of a lifetime. You need to prepare yourself for wonderful scenic and wildlife sights you’ve never seen before anywhere else in this world. For an in-depth itinerary of this year’s safari to Madagascar, go to my website: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com or www.natureandwildlife.com. Click on “Safari Tours” then go to Madagascar and click on the link  

Cost: $8,000.00

Single Supplement: $1,000.00

Non-refundable deposit to hold your space of $500.00

 Includes: Food, lodging, tips, vans, drivers, knowledgeable guides, in-country flights, park fees, professional photography assistance if needed.


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 41,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com

Photographic Accessories

Screen Shades for LCD panels on digital Cameras

At last! You can see the LCD panel on your digital camera even on sunny and glary days! Also protects the UV effects of the sun on the screen...$25. each. (add $1.00 for shipping and handling)


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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 Aperature Your Priorty"
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Hyacinth Macaw


Capped Heron


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