As I settle in to write this piece, the monarch butterflies are filtering through the central flyway of Texas. It is a chilly morning in Austin as we had our first cold front of the season last evening. Fifty degrees feels like forty five, cloudy with twenty mph winds, and sporadic drizzle. The northern breeze could push the monarchs along their southern migratory journey to Mexico, but the cold and rain will keep them in place until the weather clears. They prefer a moderate to warm temperature, and rain on the wing is not a butterfly’s friend.
Once, in a tongue-tied moment, I used the phrase “photography with a porpoise”, but what I really meant to say was “photography with a purpose”. In the tradition of Ansel Adams, Phillip Hyde, George Masa (yes, you may have to look him up) and a long list of photographers who have utilized their photography to advocate for conservation of wildlife and landscapes, NANPA photographers continue to use photography as a medium of communication, nature appreciation, and environmental protection – yes, part of our mission statement.