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Newsletter # 56
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Great Blue Heron

Picture Perfect!

Pontoon Adventure

Lovely Lillies


Thank you.


Dates are set, bookings are made, boats are gassed up, costs are in place and the wildlife is all lined up waiting for your arrival. Not only will you have a unique experience on this little- traveled area of the St. Johns River, you’ll have opportunities to shoot hummingbirds not far from your room’s door in the new beautifully-designed hummingbird garden, and/or play with your macro lens in and around the various flowers. If time allows, I’m planning a morning at a wonderful wildlife refuge not far from our accommodations.


I’ve booked rooms (with two doubles and/or twins) with kitchens, but I’m providing delicious catered dinners every evening. There is a deli/snack bar and little general store on the property for your other needs and/or wants, or a grocery store nearby.

We’ll head out onto the river in the early morning mist to be sure and get the optimal opportunities to catch the wildlife beginning their day and capture the dramatic early morning light.



Everyone will have a chance to not only shoot great images from the 24 ft. pontoon boat (with or without their tripods up), but experience photographing from my Foto-Boat, a fully customized (by me) craft that will sneak silently & stealthily into ‘skinny’ water as shallow as 5” to 6” allowing up close and personal shots of the many shy & illusive critters, beautiful lily flowers, bugs, frogs, toads & who knows what else!!



I love exploring creeks and pretty much know my way around a lot of the old logging runs along this portion of the St. Johns River. I’ve photographed American bald eagles (one nest is directly across from our rooms), owls, deer, hawks, raccoons, river rabbits, and silly otters etc. along these runs, as well as beautiful scenics and some of the interesting people and their lifestyles along the way.


As the day grows nearer to noon and the harsher time of day, we will return to home base, have plenty of time for lunch, to re-charge batteries, spend time shooting in the gardens, take a dip in the lovely pool or have a well-deserved siesta. We will again leave at an appropriate hour for best light (twilight) and to track down, find, view, and photograph more subjects as the photo opportunities never cease!!! I “cut my teeth” in wildlife and nature photography right in this very area I’m going to share with you, and trust me when I tell you, the adventure of the hunt and not knowing what is around the next bend in the river is half of the fun and excitement---and there is ALWAYS something around the next bend!!! Always……….

Every evening will be a different type of adventure……I love the finer things in life, such as good food, good friends, good humor, good conversation, and most of all---a room full of you all with your new images, new ideas, Photoshop thoughts, film thoughts (some still shoot film), constructive differences regarding anything and everything, travel experiences etc., etc. In other words, this is my nice, intimate, first class and friendly “ Joanne Williams Bull-roar Session” and a wonderful opportunity to learn, teach, share and improve your own skills.


Dates: March 24th to 28th

Cost: $1,150.00 all inclusive (double occupancy)

Deposit: $ 500.00 for your immediate space reservation

Balance: $ 650.00 DUE March 1st

Trip includes: Excellent accommodations for four nights with picturesque settings and many photo opps., two customized boats, wildlife on demand, all dinners, park fees & taxes, and me !!!

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)


More Info




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"
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Red-shouldered Hawk

Lily Pads

You\'re NOT my Prince!

Burrowing Owls

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