My year started out great! I presented several of my slide show programs to camera clubs and groups including: The Short Hills Garden Club in NJ, Coastal Camera Club in DE, The South Jersey CC and the Palinfield Garden Club in NJ.
Then I headed to the Florida Everglades where I met up with clients for a 3 day workshop. One of the exhibits that I showed in opened up in San Diego on Feb. 7th titled “Birds of the World” it featured several world renowned photographers and I was happy to be on the list!
On February 12-15th I presented 2 slide show/lectures to the Carolina Nature Photographers Association and met some really nice people including Jack Spoon that hooked me up with the folks at Dickies and also David Hartfield that hooked me up with Captain Ben from the Discovery boat in Alaska.
Then it was off to Japan for my 2015 workshop that I conducted with Paul McKenzie. Several of my images from my trip made it into the final rounds of BBC and Nature’s Best. Speaking of Nature’s Best I am truly honored to have one of my images selected this year as a category winner. I hope to get to Washington DC to see the exhibit for myself.
Next I held what might be my last workshop at Lonaconing Silk Mill in Maryland. I’m not sure I might go back one more time but I don’t have anything planned just yet.
After returning home from the silk mill I went to Longwood Gardens to conduct my annual Spring Flower Photography Seminar. This year because my seminar at Longwood sold out quickly I have added two additional seminars in August. One is full the other has 4 spots left.
Then I went to Charleston! I hadn’t been to Charleston in over 10 years, it was great to get back there. At first, I had trouble remembering where some things were but eventually they all came back to me. I shot on my own for a few days before the workshop and met up with my friend and fellow photographer Pam Cohen for 2 days. After my Magnolia Gardens workshop in South Carolina I presented my program “A Blend of Art and Nature” and conducted 2 sold out workshops for the Kiawah Photo Club. Kiawah, is a short driving distance from Charleston South Carolina. While I was in Kiawah I stayed with Ann and Richard Gridley, thanks again guys! I loved my time in Charleston so much that once I returned home I got on another plane and went back! Next year I have 2 sold out workshops planned for the spring-can’t wait!
In April, I went to Paris with Tom Wester, Joe Barranco and Lynn Fulton and then to a high speed train to Holland where I conducted my 3rd Keukenhof Gardens workshop. I love tulips and what better place in the world to photograph them then in Holland. I will be conducting another Holland Tour in the near future.
In April, I also conducted my 6th workshop at Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City PA. But one of the biggest thrills I had was when I went to Colorado to film my Creative Landscape Video. I was treated like a movie star!
In May, I headed to the Palouse for 2 back to back workshops. I love that slice of America. It is such a beautiful area. I am looking forward to returning in May again for two more workshops. I think there are a couple of spots left on both.
In May I published my second filter guide titled “A Guide to Creative Filters & Effects II” thanks to Carol Carson for her help! I also published my first virtual coffee table book titled “Visual Expressions”.
In June I went to the UK with Arthur Morris and photographed Puffins on our Puffin and Gannet workshop. This year’s workshop is sold out. I will be conducting my own Puffin & Gannet Workshop in 2017.
In July I conducted two workshops at Nickerson Beach. They were probably my most enjoyable workshops. I met many new and old friends and had a blast. A couple of us joined together to help a juvenile Oystercatcher in need. It was my first time touching one! What a great day!!I hope to get out there again this year.
And then there was Iceland! Wow! I can’t say enough about how beautifully amazing Iceland is. I am planning on a 2017 workshop I may get back there again this summer….
In August I did the Inside Passage, on the Discovery with Captain Ben. It is a beautiful boat. I only wish that I didn’t get so seasick!!
September was my annual trek to Swan Island Dahlia for my popular 5 day flower photography workshop. This year did not disappoint. I even spent a day photographing on my own at the Dahlia Farm with Geri George and then a day photographing at the Rose Garden with Glenn Pagel.
In September I also conducted a “Creative Patterns in Nature” workshop in the Adirondacks NY.
In October I headed back out to Old Car City in White Georgia for my 3rd workshop there. The place changes slightly from year to year but it is the owner Dean and his side kick Rocky that get me coming back for more!!
I conducted a few presentations at B&H with Arthur Morris in October, hopefully they will be out in video soon.
Oct. 21st- Nov 15th- Falklands Island-South Georgia- another wow! How can you go on a trip like this and not be inspired. I had a great time and after being there two times I think it is safe to say that I will most likely not be returning to South Georgia in the near future. I get terribly seasick so I have opted to start conducting Land-based (no ship sailing) Falkland Island tours. In 2016 I will be conducting a sold out trip to the Falklands with Arthur Morris and then in 2017 I will be conducting them on my own.
November was my annual trek to Bosque del Apache and though conditions in the refuge have gotten worse it is still a remarkable place to photograph. This year was my last year conducting workshops with Arthur Morris in Bosque. I think it’s time for me to spread my wings and fly. I will always value my time with Arthur Morris and will remember it fondly. I thank him for everything he has helped me with. I have a 4 day workshop planned for Bosque 2016, I just have not announced it yet.
In December I took my first family vacation in years with my daughter and her husband and my two grandkids Jaxson and Tanner. We went to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. We island hopped to St. John’s and visited Trunk Bay. My grandkids loved playing in the calm ocean and going down the pool slide. I love spending time with them 🙂 .
I am truly blessed to be able to lead this amazing life doing what I love. I thank all of you for your support and encouragement of my work. I appreciate every single comment and kind word that you have left for me. I read each and every one and I want you to know how important they are to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and a fantastic New Year filled with family, love and great images!