Springtime Pilgrimage

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.

A young gator dangerously crosses an open stretch of water

A young gator dangerously crosses an open stretch of water

A Great Blue Heron watches over its nest, a tiring job

A Great Blue Heron watches over its nest, a tiring job

Green Heron at the Swamp Garden

Green Heron at the Swamp Garden

A gator approaches a little too close for comfort to this pair of Blue-Winged Teal

Time to go!
Time to go!
Great Blue Heron Closeup

Great Blue Heron Closeup

A Great Egret works on its nest at the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden

A Great Egret works on its nest at the Magnolia Plantation Swamp Garden

A lit up cattle egret takes a break from hunting in the swamp

A lit up cattle egret takes a break from hunting in the swamp

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For the Love of Gators

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…

Gator Tail

Gator Tail

A big batch of alligator babies from my time as Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park

A big batch of alligator babies from my time as Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park

A butterfly rests on a nice warm surface.

A butterfly rests on a nice warm surface.

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Back to Blogging

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.

A rehabilitated sea turtle returns to the sea after a stay at the South Carolina Aquarium's Turtle Hospital

A rehabilitated sea turtle returns to the sea after a stay at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Turtle Hospital

A released sea turtle disappears quickly into the Atlantic after a quick crawl down the Isle of Palms beach

A released sea turtle disappears quickly into the Atlantic after a quick crawl down the Isle of Palms beach
Aerial Photography over Charleston Harbor during a Sportsman Boats shoot for Catch Multimedia

Aerial Photography over Charleston Harbor during a Sportsman Boats shoot for Catch Multimedia

Sport Fisher heading out of Charleston Harbor shot from helicopter

Sport Fisher heading out of Charleston Harbor shot from helicopter

Sportsman Boats' fleet lined up at Morris Island, for Catch Multimedia

Sportsman Boats’ fleet lined up at Morris Island, for Catch Multimedia

The offshore fleet at Morehead City, NC for Calcutta Fishing

The offshore fleet at Morehead City, NC for Calcutta Fishing

The pier at Atlantic City, NC

Sunset at the pier at Atlantic City, NC

Heading out to shoot offshore for Calcutta

Heading out to shoot offshore for Calcutta

Sunrise in Beaufort, NC

Sunrise in Beaufort, NC

Lagoon and the Kiawah River at Kiawah River Plantation

Lagoon and the Kiawah River at Kiawah River Plantation

A buck breaking the early morning silence through the Kiawah River marsh

A buck breaking the early morning silence through the Kiawah River marsh

High tide and sunrise meet at Kiawah River Plantation

High tide and sunrise meet at Kiawah River Plantation

Centuries old live oaks lit up at sunrise

Centuries old live oaks lit up at sunrise

Coleman Boulevard at sunset from The Boulevard

Coleman Boulevard at sunset from The Boulevard

The pool at The Boulevard

The pool at The Boulevard

The Boulevard at dusk

The Boulevard at dusk

Maxwell Horse Barn in Bluffton, SC for Big Ass Fans

Maxwell Horse Barn in Bluffton, SC for Big Ass Fans

Maxwell Horse Barn in Bluffton, SC for Big Ass Fans

Maxwell Horse Barn in Bluffton, SC for Big Ass Fans

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Spring in the Smokies

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.

A girl Preparing to release a little rainbow in the Smokies

Preparing to release a little rainbow in the Smokies

 Fly Casting lesson in a Smokies creek

Casting lesson in a Smokies creek

Mom pulling daughter's fly out of the trees on a Smokies creek

A guide’s work is never done

Blooming Clovers

Blooming Clovers

A dew covered spider web in Cades Cove

A dew covered spider web in Cades Cove

Walking a trail in the Smokies in Orvis Waders

Heading down the creek to the secret spot

Girls in Orvis, picking flies for fishing

Fly selection is of the utmost importance in the Smokies…

Orvis girl matching the hatch with a parachute Adams

Caroline matching the mayfly hatch

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The famous Smokies’ layers, how many can you count?

Family Fly Fishing in the Smokies

A stroll in their new waders

Lady in Orvis gear casting to trout in the Smokies

Joanne casting on a secret Smokies creek

Black Bear in Cades Cove

An early morning Cades Cove Bear

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June Charleston Magazine

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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.

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A New Look

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:

Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff guiding a client to a tailing redfish near Charleston, SC.

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