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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Remembering September 11th - Butterflies
Ten years ago today, September 11, 2001, was a beautiful day just like today. I watched the sun rise at Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve in Elgin Illinois. As the morning warmed up the butterflies fluttered about and posed for pictures like this Tiger Swallowtail female on Spotted Joe Pye Weed. It was very still and peaceful, and for the first time in my life I noticed I could actually hear the larger butterflies' wings flapping! I know it sounds crazy, but just concentrate on it sometime on a quiet morning and you may be surprised like I was. This was still on my mind when I came home in the early afternoon and was hit with the news of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon like a bucket of cold water in the face bringing me back to "civilization".
I live in Illinois. I was raised in a small
town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In 1992, I retired early from
Ameritech, where my last job was General Manager in charge of computer
operations, and decided to make outdoor photography my new life's work. I have
taken numerous nature, wildlife and travel images of the U.S. as well
as in Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya, Peru, and South Africa. My work has
appeared in many books, magazines, catalogs, ads, exhibits, product
labels and calendars. My latest photo book is Chicago Impressions. I am a charter member of the North American Nature Photography
MAGAZINE AND CATALOG CREDITS include AAA Living, Audubon Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Bird's & Blooms, Bird Watcher's Digest,
Chicago Wilderness, Country Extra, Country Living, Defenders of Wildlife, Endless
Vacations, Environmental Defense, Faces, Family Circle, FamilyFun,
Garden Design, Gardening Life, Hobby Farm Home, Home & Away, Horse Illustrated,
Living Planet, Michigan Living, Mother Earth News, National Geographic, National Wildlife,
Natural History, Nature Photographer, Organic Gardening, Organic Style, Our Wisconsin, Outdoor Life, Real
Simple, Recommend, Sciences et Avenir, Scientific American Explorations, Smokies Life, Sojourns, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Voyageur, West
Virginia Wildlife, Wildflower.
BOOK CREDITS include A+ Books, Anthology, Audubon, Barnes & Noble,
Bridgestone, Capstone, Collins & Brown, Duval, Farcountry, Firefly,
Harcourt, Harper-Collins, Holt McDougal, Houghton Mifflin, Kendall Hunt, Lerner,
Marshall-Cavendish, McDougal Littell, MacMillan-McGraw-Hill, National Geographic Books, National Wildlife Federation, Pearson,
Penguin, Prentice Hall, Publications International, Rodale, Rod & Staff, Rosen, Round Table, Scholastic, Sterling, Sunset, West Side Publishing, World Book.
ADVERTISING / CORPORATE USERS include ABS Graphics, Academy Studios,
Ann Williams Design, Ardoise Design, Art Environments,Bata Shoe Museum, Behar-Fingal,
Brown & Bigelow, Butler Bank, Canon, Coyne Beahm, Defenders of
Wildlife, Dentsu America, Field Museum, Formulation K. K. Japan, Griangraf, HDR Architecture, Hermitage Art, H. Marion Art Consulting, Hotline, Howard Hughes Medical, John Henry, KHI, Kinko's, Lincoln Electric, Medvind
Reklam, National Turkey Federation, Nature Conservancy, Pacific Studios, Postcard Factory, Pronk,
REI Adventures, Scientific American, Shearson, Shedd Aquarium, Sierra Club Outings, Taranga Zoo,
Taylor Studios, Terrell Creative, Tutor Perini Corp, USDA, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Virginia Wildlife, Willow Creek Press.