February 2019 Newsletter

Cattle Egret Gathering Nesting Material Rip’s Rookery New Iberia, Louisiana

Cattle Egret Gathering Nesting Material Rip’s Rookery New Iberia, Louisiana

February 14th 2019

Spring Comes Early in Louisiana

Oriental Magnolia Bud Houma, Louisiana

Oriental Magnolia Bud Houma, Louisiana

It’s been a mild but rainy winter this year in Louisiana. Temperatures have been reaching the upper 60’s to lower 70’s for the past couple of weeks. The grass is beginning to grow, leaves are starting to appear on trees and the oriental magnolia’s are in bloom. I’ve been out in the yard with the macro lens documenting the magnolia blooming. It has more blossoms this year. I’m ready for the end of winter and ready to be out photographing nesting birds.

Two Openings remain for the April 28th–May 1st, 2019 Tour

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick for the Nest

Roseate Spoonbill With Stick for the Nest

The April 14th-17th and May 12th-15th Louisiana Bird Photography Tours are full. The Aril 28th–May 1st which I added after the other two filled has two openings. The nesting season should be in full swing and I’ll have been out multiple times finding the best shooting. Please consider joining us for this tour check it out and register using this link. A gallery of images from the 2018 Spring tours can be seen by clicking this link. Highlights of the tour includes photographing nesting wading birds including Roseate Spoonbills and flight shots of Osprey. 2018 was a great year for the spring tours and I’m looking forward to a great spring. Join us for some great photography.

While there have been many changes over the years, I’ve been leading these tours since 2003. Southern Louisiana offers many opportunities for photographing birds and has remained largely uncovered by other photo tour leaders.

Fall 2019 Louisiana Landscape Photo Tours Scheduled for November 17th-20th and December 2nd-5th

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The fall tours feature large cypress trees growing in the swamp waters of Southern Louisiana. We visit a Lake with a large number of old growth trees with the rust colored foliage of late fall in Louisiana. With a little luck with get a layer of mist or fog over the water backlit with the sun in the early mornings.

Over the past several years other photographers have discovered the unique beauty of Louisiana Swamps in the late fall. I’ve been leading these tours since 2006 and know how and when to get you to some of the best photo locations.

The first fall tour from November 17th-20th is already full but spaces remain for the December 2nd–5th tour. Please consider joining the tour.

Check out the tour here and join us in 2019 for some great landscape photography. A Gallery of Images from the 2018 Tours can be seen here.

Why do a Photo Tour with me

  1. I've been doing photo tours in Southern Louisiana since 2003 and the fall tours since 2006. I know when and where to go.
  2. I live in the area so I do scouting trips each year to make sure I get you to the best places.
  3. I work with great people (The Atchafalaya Experience) for the boat trips, I've worked them from the beginning, they know what we want, are properly equipped and are at many of the places daily.
  4. I limit the size of the tours to no more then 6 participants, and usually I only do 4.
  5. I will help as much or as little as you want. While I do photograph on the tour, participants take precedence over my shooting.
  6. Southern Louisiana is an untapped area with few other tours operating here. Sixty percent of North America's wetlands is in the state with an abundance of wildlife.
  7. I'm at home with digital cameras and computers. Prior to being a full time nature photographer I was an engineer working with telecommunications networks. I know Lightroom and Photoshop well and can help with post processing and photo workflow.
  8. We have a good time and eat some good Cajun food and make a lot of very nice images.

Over the past several years other photographers have discovered the unique beauty of Louisiana Swamps in the late fall. I’ve been leading these tours since 2006 and know how and when to get you to some of the best photo locations.

Spring 2019 Photo Classes in the New Orleans Bywater Community

I teach digital photography classes and photographing artwork classes at the New Orleans School of Art and Craft. Check out and register for my classes and other great classes here.

January 2018 Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter

2017 Tours


2017 was a great year for the  spring and fall tours.  

Both Spring tours yielded great images.  Miller's Lake and Jefferson Island Rookeries were going strong. While the weather forecast for both trips wasn't optimal, conditions ended up being very good  with only one shoot at Jefferson Island ending a little earlier than planned.

Conditions for the Fall tour were ideal with a spectacular sunrise on the final day. Both Henderson Swamp and Lake Dauterive yielded some very nice images.

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June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

May was a very busy and productive month. The second Louisiana Bird Photography Tour was a wonderful success. While like the first tour, the weather forecast was not the best, we danced around the rain and made some wonderful images.

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The Demise of the pay phone in New York City

[I heard an interesting article on NPR this evening. All but 3 of the pay phones in New York City are being replaced with WiFi Kiosks. A search on the web uncovered this NYtimes article.

I've had an affinity for pay phones for some time. I spent quite a bit of my engineering carier building telephone networks and installing private telephone systems. I don't have any good images of pay phones as when they were plentiful, there was no reason to photograph them and then they disappeared and belatedly I wish I had. LIke Book stores and Newpaper vending machines, I fear they are now really a thing of the past.

While we don't have the colorful red phone booths like the British, there's something about the sleek glass booths of day's past that just invites a photograph. Oh well, time marches on.