Every spring I try to get out to the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden a number of times to restock my swamp creatures image library. I try to start early in the year as the Great Blue Heron’s begin claiming nesting sites as early as January and February. Next are the Great Egrets and Anhingas followed by the Little Blues, Snowy Egrets and others. I was just out last week and the swamp was alive. Gators, big and small, were roaming the ponds, a few last teal were still on the water and the sounds of wading birds nesting filled the pollen clouded air.
In general, I’m not a big reptile fan. But as Samuel L Jackson said in Pulp Fiction “Personality goes a long way”. With that in mind, I’ve always shot a lot of alligator images. Their character can change with the light and the reflections on the ever present water and of course their toothy and sometimes goofy smile. So, I’m very pleased to announce that I just sold a new children’s book with poet/author Jane Yolen about gators to Millbrook Press. Stay tuned…
When I last checked in here, summer was starting and I was just back in Charleston from a great trip to the Smokies. The fishing photos from the mountains found great homes in Orvis catalogs and an Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine photo essay on family fly fishing. Shortly after began a string of travels from Ocean City Maryland to the Florida Keys and as far as Crested Butte Colorado for a number of clients mostly in the fishing and boating industries. I’ve begun a fishing related photo blog which houses most of my fishing and travel photography so that this area can have more of a local flavor. If you enjoy the fishy side as well, please pop over to thelastcast.net and like it on facebook for updates.
Closer to home I shot for some fishing and boating companies as well including Calcutta and Sportsman boats. When not on the water or on the road, I worked with various companies including The South Carolina Aquarium, Big Ass Fans and The Beach Company on their properties: The Boulevard and Kiawah River Plantation. 2013 was a great year and I’m looking forward to another mixed bag in 2014.
I just returned from our annual spring trip to the Smokies. We had less bears and more fishing this year and worked on a bunch of images for future undisclosed projects. Everybody caught fish and we had a great time exploring the creeks.
Here is the June issue of Charleston Magazine featuring my cover shot and feature story on Loggerhead turtles written by Stephanie Hunt with a piece by novelist and Turtle Lady Mary Alice Monroe. It was a pleasure working with these ladies, the turtle teams and of course spending some time with the turtles themselves.
I have finally found the time to switch over to a WordPress format, and now I should be able to post more regularly.
I’m still working out the kinks, but for now, here’s a shot I got the other day with Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff: