Spring Flowers

Photo of the Estes Valley outside of Rocky Mountain National Park after a spring snowstorm. ©  Dawn Wilson
A view of Estes Valley outside of Rocky Mountain National Park after a spring snowstorm. © Dawn Wilson

By Dawn Wilson, NANPA President

Welcome to the month of spring flowers!

Well, for most people it should be. As I type this blog post, it is snowing again here in Colorado. The snow is a welcome weather occurrence as we desperately need the moisture, but it does do a number on those flowers people plant before the recommended planting date of Mother’s Day in Colorado. Much of Colorado, like the West, is still under severe drought conditions, bringing with it the fear of yet another difficult wildfire season. Fingers crossed that is not the case.

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Montana Photographer Received NANPA Fellow Award

Montana-based nature and conservation photographer Daniel Cox will receive a NANPA Fellow Award during the 2021 Nature Photography Virtual Summit, April 29-30. Through a long career, he and his images have reached a wide audience through publications (including two National Geographic covers), exhibits, workshops, and presentations. He’s published more than 20 books is a member of the Explorers Club, and serves as an advisory board member of Polar Bears International and as director of their Arctic Documentary Project. He’s received awards in competitions such as BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best and NANPA’s 2013 Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year Award. He and his wife, Tanya, lead photo tours at Natural Exposures.

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From the President – June 2018

Don Carter, NANPA President


This is my last letter as president. Gordon Illg becomes president on July 1 and I look forward to working with him this coming year. NANPA is an amazing organization and I know under Gordon’s leadership, NANPA will continue to do great things for its members.

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Must Attend Event of 2017


PHOTOGRAPHER PROJECT: Pantanal, Story and photograph by Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures.com

D440260We hear all the time that little things make a difference.Sometimes it’s hard to believe; other times, it couldn’t ring truer. Throughout my career I’ve combined photography with conservation, since a concern for our planet and its inhabitants has always been important to me. For the past few years, the Natural Exposures Invitational Photo Tours has taken guests to the Pantanal in the wilds of Brazil. Here, we do our best to incorporate the same philosophy of integrating photography and conservation, much like any of our travel destinations. Continue reading