NANPA Weekly Wow: Aug 15-21

Bobcat at Waterhole, Santa Clara Ranch, TX @Hector Astorga

Bobcat at Waterhole, Santa Clara Ranch, TX © Hector Astorga

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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NATURE’S VIEW: Fading Light and the Fern

Story and photography by Jim Clark

Along the fabled eastern shore near the state line between Maryland and Virginia, is one of my most favorite places to take workshop students: The Pocomoke River State Park. Bordering the Pocomoke River and Corker’s Creek, this Maryland state park protects one of the last remaining bald cypress swamps on the eastern shore. In fact, the cypress reaches its northernmost limit of distribution on the eastern shore.

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Bald cypress swamp, Pocomoke River State Park, Maryland. © Jim Clark

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Want to Network with Nature Photographers Where You Live?

By Teresa Ransdell, NANPA Membership Coordinator

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NANPA Meet-up Group: Eastern Banded Watersnake from Beidler Forest Audubon Sanctuary in South Carolina. © Colin Hocking

Did you know that NANPA has organized 20 Meetup groups around the US that will connect you with other nature photographers in those areas? NANPA’s Meetup program has been in existence for a couple of years, but it may be one of our best-kept secrets. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: Aug 8-14

"Mauritius ornate day gecko, Phelsuma ornata, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius" © Gabby Salazar

“Mauritius ornate day gecko, Phelsuma ornata, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius” © Gabby Salazar

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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NANPA Weekly Wow: August 1-7

IDAHO, MAIN SALMON RIVER, Fly fisherman spey casting for steelhead trout in falls golden light, near North Fk., ID

IDAHO, MAIN SALMON RIVER, Fly fisherman spey casting for steelhead trout in falls golden light, near North Fk., ID

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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VOLUNTEER: Lee Hoy

© Lee Hoy took this self-portrait at about 3:30 a.m., Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park.

© Lee Hoy took this self-portrait at about 3:30 a.m., Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park.

Lee Hoy says his life’s journey has been full of adventure and change, but one thing has never wavered and that is his passion and love for wildlife and nature. “There is nothing greater than standing under the Milky Way in Big Bend National Park,” he says, “or watching sharp-tailed grouse on the lek in the Badlands.” Hoy’s first photographic subject was a bison at Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Hoy became serious about photography in 1989.

Hoy has a B.A. in Geography and a M.S. in Regional City & Planning from the University of Oklahoma; as well as a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Seminary, Texas. He has been a transportation planner in Rapid City, South Dakota, and a pastor for 13 years. In addition to being a serious photographer since 1989, Hoy currently works as supervisor of the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas, about 60 miles from his residence in Sanderson. Continue reading

Cuba’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

by Ray Pfortner

My first experience with the World Trade and Exchanges, Inc. (WTE) was a trip to China in September 2014, which I co-led with my photo stylist wife Nancy Wing. WTE specializes in connecting artists and art organizations, and that program focused on photographing UNESCO World Heritage sites and meeting with China’s stock photo agencies, nature photographers and gallery curators. It was a wonderful experience for us, and the resulting mixed-media show hung in classical Chinese gardens in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, throughout 2015.

A view, at dusk, of the Havana waterfront—El Malecon—taken from the seat of a Coco taxi or tuk tuk. Paint is used heavily to brighten and enliven the buildings. © Nancy Wing

A view, at dusk, of the Havana waterfront—El Malecon—taken from the seat of a Coco taxi or tuk tuk. Paint is used heavily to brighten and enliven the buildings. © Nancy Wing

When WTE asked us to lead a second artist exchange, this time to Cuba, there was no hesitation. I spent a great deal of time in the Caribbean when I worked for the United States’ Superfund program more than 20 years ago. I loved the Caribbean, especially Puerto Rico, where I met many Cubans who recalled the island they missed so much. Continue reading

Wood Thrushes- Nature’s Flutes

Story and photo by Budd Titlow

A wood thrush takes a bath in a cool mountain stream. © Budd Titlow

A wood thrush takes a bath in a cool mountain stream. © Budd Titlow

Many years ago, I was walking through a lovely old-growth stand of northern hardwoods on a glacial moraine hillside in northeastern Connecticut, conducting a bird survey for a proposed residential subdivision. With each step, my mind slipped deeper into despair over sacrificing this beautiful woodland habitat for human housing. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow: July 25-31

Starry Night in trees, Shenandoah NP © Joyce Harman

Starry Night in trees, Shenandoah NP © Joyce Harman

Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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