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Foto Boat Fun,
and other FLORIDA JOURNEYS!
A New Recon Mission
It is a wise wildlife/photo tour leader,
and/or guide, who is cautious about handing out guarantees when it comes to
promising success in finding fantastic wildlife and photo opportunities.
However, I am coming close to breaking that rule as once again
my tour participants on the ‘Pontoon Putt’, and on the ‘Stroll with a
Pro’ these last few weeks went home with wonderful images (or should
have)!! Some of my images in this newsletter should speak for themselves
and what I am saying when you consider I shot most of these while trying
to maneuver the 24’ pontoon boat (which doesn’t exactly turn on a dime)
during some pretty windy conditions, in an effort to position my clients.
My success at finding the wildlife & the success of my participants
shooting good images doesn’t come easily as I have to study each area I’m
going to be in (at all different times of the year), be exact in noting
dates and times of the day, the month & the year, consider safety,
and exercise extreme patience—all of this is not that easily performed
all of the time!
I know I am good at what I do by the results
seen, but I also know there is no way I can do everything, and see
everything--safely-- all on my own. This is a humbling fact that many of
my fellow peers do not recognize in themselves. A lesson I learned a long
time ago is that no matter where I am, locally or in some far off land, I
make a point of surrounding myself with the best, top-notch assistants,
guides, drivers etc. And it shows. There is no way, while maneuvering the
pontoon boat through winding little tributaries full of logs and other
boating treacheries, all the while explaining about the life of the
alligator or various species of birds or turtles would I have ever
spotted these baby Barred Owls in the tree hole. Thanks to Kris & his
sharp, young eyes, everyone—me included—had an awesome time capturing
these little guys!! It was the highlight of this year’s last Pontoon Putt
before I head off to Pantanal, Brazil leading another group in and around
various areas of the world’s largest inland wetland. This area, thus far
& baring any abnormal and/or catastrophic event (like an
unpronounceable volcano) is one place where I can comfortably use the
word ‘guarantee’ and be 100% on the money!!! You will see this for
yourselves in the next Pantanal newsletter. NOTE: I will be staying on in
Brazil after the June 1 st-15 th tour to scout out and “recon” new areas
with my highly skilled, resident guide. I’ll share those findings in
Another quick note regarding my Florida
Adventures….it is in the planning that there will be at least
four scheduled three/four &/or five-day Pontoon Putts coming up in
the months of March, April & May 2011. For the next few months you
might want to consider this and include it in your vacation’s destination
for yourself & a few friends as it is now, and for the next few months,
I can customize something suitable to your needs & your personal
dates. Don’t procrastinate as these Florida Adventures are coveted and
fill up relatively quickly.
Another word or two on ‘guarantees’….a
gentleman from Norway contacted me and wanted a private tour/workshop in the
mid to central Florida area. He was only going to have a small amount of
time and, of course, wanted “lots of good-stuff”. It was to be only a
half-day session, which was even more scary for this highly
obsessed-perfectionist, and conscientious guide, as I don’t live in that
area and am not as familiar with the goings and comings of the wildlife
as I would be around my own homeland wetlands & other wildlife areas.
I made the decision that even though Viera Wetlands was a pretty long
haul from where I was at the time, it probably would
produce great wildlife. However, ‘probablys’ aren’t good
enough odds in my book, especially considering the distance my new friend
from Norway was traveling. Having friends of similar interests willing to
share their knowledge is invaluable, and again, assistance from a
respected peer proved to be extremely fruitful for my guest as he drove
away with many, many new species for his image collection. Thank you,
I’ve been offered an opportunity to visit
China in October and will share destinations etc. in another upcoming
newsletter. I know we will be visiting the Panda Bear refuge and also
have the same opportunity to view the Red Panda Bear (a species I had
never heard of).
I am asking for any advice, recommendations,
words of wisdom, ‘foods for thought’ etc. etc. from any and all of you,
my subscribers, who have first-hand knowledge they wish to share with me
regarding their experiences on their excursion to China. During dinner
the other evening while on our Pontoon Putt Adventure, one of my
participants offered very sound advice, which I will certainly heed. She
suggested that if I did not have the dexterity or ability to handle
chopsticks, that I should probably pack a fork, knife & spoon!!
That’s a ‘done-deal’!! Thank you, Gayle!
Upon re-reading this newsletter before it
‘goes to press’, I realize I’ve thanked everyone for their assistance in
all sorts of areas, except the one person who assists me in putting this newsletter
together and whose help in many other areas of my photography business is
invaluable to me….Thank you, Laura!! Another job well done!!
Happy Shooting Everyone & “KEEP YOUR
APERTURE YOUR PRIORITY”!!!
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library presently holds over 100,000 (and growing-hourly)!
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