On this, the last day of 2013, I'm sending a big thank you to the photographers who allow me to use their photos on my blog.
You've seen my own photographs in this space but none of them match the work of others, especially the six who contributed the most this year. From left to right, starting at top:
- Chuck Tague of Volusia County, Florida is the founder and interpretive naturalist at the Nature Observer News. Formerly of Pittsburgh, Chuck was one of my first and best teachers on observing nature. Many of us miss his infectious curiosity and enthusiasm but we know he doesn't miss our cold, gray winters!
- Charlie Hickey of Berks County, PA is retired and travels widely photographing birds, plants and other cool stuff outdoors. I met Charlie online through PABIRDS because he shared a photo. His Flickr site is rich with information on his subjects including their scientific names (click 'more' at each Flickr photo). I'm adding Charlie's exotic places to my Bucket List.
- Steve Gosser of Westmoreland County, PA works for an insurance company but spends all his free time photographing birds. His beautiful photos have been published in the newspapers, including the Valley Dispatch and Tribune Review, and shown in several galleries. Watch his website or Facebook page for announcements.
- Dianne Machesney of Allegheny County, PA is an amateur botanist, certified Master Gardener, and treasurer of the Wissahickon Nature Club where she and I met. Now that she and her husband Bob are retired they spend more time outdoors in search of birds, butterflies and plants. Dianne's photos always teach me something new.
- Marcy Cunkelman of Indiana County, PA is Editor of the The Keystone Gardener magazine, a masterful gardener, monarch butterfly "tagger" and educator. She often invites fellow photographers to spend the day in her beautiful garden, designed for butterflies and birds. Marcy's not shy about taking pictures but she's shy about being in them, so I've had to use of one her butterfly photos as her portrait.
- Shawn Collins of Crawford County, PA has a 'day job' but spends all his free time photographing birds. His work has been published in the Edinboro newspaper at GoCrawfordCounty.com. I met Shawn online when he shared a photo on PABIRDS, then met him in person on an outing he led at Pymatuning. His photos on Facebook and Flickr have convinced me that Erie and Crawford Counties are the Shangri La of Pennsylvania birds.
These folks are only the tip of the iceberg. So many photographers have contributed their work that there's not room to list them all. (See the Photographers page!) I also owe a debt of gratitude to those who publish their work using the Creative Commons license for all to share.
So here's a BIG THANK YOU to all the photographers who've given me permission to use their work. This blog would not be possible without you.
(composite photo from each of the photographers' websites or Facebook pages)
p.s. I didn't tell the photographers in advance that I needed their portraits so I had to glean photos from their websites or Facebook. After publication, Marcy Cunkelman sent this photo of herself.