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Scuba Diving in Cozumel and swimming with the whale sharks near Isla Mujeres
We travelled with the Scuba Club—38 of us—to Cozumel for a week of spectacular wall dives. The water visibility is about 200 feet. We saw amazing corals and sponges with a wide variety of fish. Hawksbill turtles were feeding on sponges. On the last day, we traveled to Isla Mujeres for a day of swimming with whale sharks—the largest fish in the ocean that feed on the smallest creatures in the ocean—plankton and fish spawn.
The Humpback Whales of the Silver Bank
This Spring we traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to board the Turks & Caicos Explorer II for a week-long trip to photograph humpback whales on the Silver Bank, a large underwater plateau 90 miles north of the Dominican Republic. We saw many whales, both above and below the water. This trip was quite a thrill for both of us.
If you would like to view a movie of the trip, click here:
Pacific Northwest September, 2015
Susan and I spent 5 weeks with family in Seattle, Olympic National Park, the San Juan Islands and Los Angeles. We saw lots of orcas, rainforests, lakes and waterfalls. In Los Angeles we watched TV shows being produced and visited family. Then we headed south to San Diego and Mexico for diving with great white sharks (see below).
Great White Shark Diving on Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
It’s like being 3 feet from a dinosaur that is trying to eat you!
Here’s a link to a moveie about the most exciting wildlife adventure we have ever had: diving with Great White Sharks in the Pacific Ocean. Click here to view the movie.
Iceland May/June, 2015
We went to the land of the Vikings just before the summer solstice. We spent a week in Reykjavik, exploring the Golden Circle, South Shore and Snaelfellness Peninsula before boarding the M/V Sea Spirit for an 11-day circumnavigation of Iceland.
Cuba February, 2015
Susan and I partnered with Pastor Ron Hilliard from the 1st Presbyterian Church in North Palm Beach to take 10 photographers on a 10-day tour of Cuba, visiting Havana, Vinales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. We arrived in Cuba just as the United States and Cuba are negotiating to establish normal diplomatic relations. Havana is only 40 minutes away from Miami by air, but it is a world away. Step back in time.
Italy September/October, 2014
We traveled wtih our family to Italy for a Grand Tour. We started in Venice, took the train to Florence, rented cars and drove to Cinque Terre and Pisa. Next stop was Rome where we saw Pope Francis three times! Susan and I headed to Naples, Capri and the Amalfi Coast to finish our trip. We think the food in Italy is always great!
The Oregon Trail, 2013
Susan and I spent the month of October driving 2,100 miles through Oregon. Traveling with family, we rented a Sprinter van nicknamed “ Danielle Blackso.” We started and ended in Portland, exploring the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Mount Hood and the “Fruit Loop.” We then spent more than a week driving the entire Oregon Pacific Coast to Astoria. Oregon’s coast is wild and free. And it has Thor’s Well (above).
Turkey is a beautiful country with extraordinary people. In May and June Susan and I spent three weeks traveling to the Black Sea, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Hattusa and the Turquoise Coast. The ancient sites we visited were unparalleled in our travels. The hospitality from stranges was remarkable. We were welcomed everywhere we visited. Some villages had never seen Americans before and we were invited to share meals. This is a country that should be on everyone's "bucket list!"
My Personal Project: The Full Moons of 2012
I believe every photographer should have a personal project to work on over a period of time. I have been working on "Our Imperiled Coral Reefs" for 30 years. I have had other short-term and long-term photography projects as well. This year I decided to photograph every full moon. Six down, 7 to go--why 13 moons in a year? Because of the lunar cycle, we have a full moon every 28 days, which leads to two full moons in a month--called a "Blue Moon," which will occur in August this year.
Trinidad & Tobago
In 2013 Susan and I will lead a trip to Trinidad & Tobago to photograph birds, insects, people and landscapes. On our recent visit, Susan added 72 new birds to her life list in just 5 days. The longest lens I used on this trip was a 300mm f/4 prime. So the average photographer with that lens or longer can get the same images I shot. The culture and food of these two islands are amazing! Check back in September to sign up for this special trip.
California Dreamin' 2012
Susan and I spent the month of May driving 3,500 miles through central California. Traveling with family, we rented an 8-passenger van we nicknamed "Fatso." We started and ended in Las Vegas, but took in the Mojave Desert, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Catalina Island, California Route 1 up the Pacific Coast, Monterey, Big Sur, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks and Death Valley National Park.
A trip to the South Polar Sea was at the top of our bucket list for a long time and we finally accomplished it this year. We spent a few days in Argentina before boarding the Akedemik Ioffe, a Russian research vessel, for a 19-day trip to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Antarctic Peninsula. We saw penguins, whales, fur seals, elephant seals, lots of sea birds and a lot of ice--a whole lot of ice!
For the past three years Susan and I have participated in The Big O Birding festival on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. Besides the lake itself, there are many natural areas surrounding the largest lake in the Southeastern U.S. This area is an undiscovered gem where many different species of birds can be photographed: meadowlarks, hawks, black skimmers, roseate spoonbills, wading birds, barred owls and more. I have a special location where I have repeatedly photographed a pair of barred owls. Check out my workshop page to sign up for the 2013 Big O Birding Festival.
I have been scuba diving for more than 30 years, most of which has been in the ocean off Palm Beach, Florida. Our warm tropical water brings abundant life on our deep coral reefs. We get thousands of sea turtle nests each year: green, loggerhead, leatherback and Kemp's Ridley all come to our shores to lay their eggs. In addition we get lots of teenage hawksbill turtles hanging around on our reefs, eating sponges and jellyfish as they mature. It is very exciting to come in contact with such beautiful large creatures. They seem to enjoy human contact.
Each summer I am lucky to have access to a private vegetable farm in Belle Glade, Florida, where thousands of birds flock to feed. The farm floods thousands of acres with a few inches of water to kill the weed seeds and nematodes. Somehow the birds know this and each year they return to gorge themselves on fish and crustaceans. One year we had wild flamingos. Now that's a real symbol of Florida (well, the Florida Lottery, anyway). You have to get up early to beat the summer heat, but it sure is worth it.
When most people think about wildflowers, they think of the mountains, not Florida. But each fall and spring, Florida is bursting with blooms. Unlike places where giant fields bloom, you have to look closely to find our wildflowers. Most are very small--but just as colorful. The best months to photograph them are in October and January through April. My favorite habitat is pine flat woods. However any natural area you find will have dozens of beautiful flowers.
The Galapagos Islands
In 2010 Susan and I took a group of nature photographers to the Galapagos Islands. If you love to photograph wildlife, you must put the Galapagos Islands at the top of your list. Nothing you watch on television about this magical place prepares you for the shock of being "invisible" to the birds, reptiles and marine life. You don't need a super-telephoto lens to get great pictures; you just have to choose "f/8 and be there!"
When most people hear the word "Everglades" they think about alligators. Sure, alligators are an important predator and now they have to compete with exotic pythons for the top niche. The Everglades is much more: beautiful sunrises and sunsets, remote beaches, mangrove forests and a giant river of grass.
The Birds of Florida
Florida is one of the best places on earth to photograph birds. My personal favorite is the Roseate Spoonbill, often mistaken for a flamingo by novice bird watchers. Their startling pink feathers, green head and bill shaped like a spoon makes for a great subject. Each year I offer a Florida bird photography workshop. Join me and take home incredible images!
The Pennsylvania Kid
In 1974 I spent two weeks riding the rails with the "Pennsylvania Kid," also known as Richard Wilson. He had just been crowned "King of the Hoboes in Britt, Iowa. I convinced him to let me tag along and document his life. I slept in coal bins, under overpasses and in empty box cars. The railroad men loved "Pennsy" and each year they treated him to a new pair of overalls.
Sunrise / Sunset
Florida's nickname is "The Sunshine State." As nature photographers we rely on the sun as our source of light. The sun itself is featured prominently in my work. Here is a collection of sunrises and sunsets.
Faces of Nature
For the past few years I have been working on a project I call "The Faces of Nature." As we travel, I keep my eyes open to find subjects that have a "face." This is a work in progress.
I love to shoot close-up photographs. The great thing about macro shots is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. I use macro lenses, close-up filters, extension tubes, tripods, light stands electronic flash and more--whatever it takes to get the shot. For over 10 years I have tacught an introductory close up class at Mounts Botanical Garden and will do so agian in 2013.
Wilderness in Alaska looks much like it did 10,000 years ago. Wild and open, Alaska beckons the adventurer in allof us. Gorgeous scenery, large animals and clean air are abundant and inviting. It is truly the last frontier in an overpopulated world.
Africa should be near the top of your travel bucket list. A few years ago we traveled to Kenya for a three-week photo safari. We were in the bush from sunrise to sunset every day and stayed in lodges and tented camps. You are so close to the wildlife, you can smell the animals.