I realize this post is VERY late in getting out, but due to our oldest son starting preschool this year and bringing home the plague, I’ve been suffering for most of the winter with a whole host of kiddie germs and hadn’t had the time to post this until right now. Then I wanted to wait until I got my copy of the calendar so I could take a photo of it and include the original image.

I have the great honor to announce that my whooping crane photograph taken in 2008 in Central Florida was selected to be in the 2011 National Audubon Society calendar! The representative I spoke with on the phone said hundreds of thousands of photos were looked at, and mine was one of the sixteen selected for the sixteen calendar months. I got July! 500,000 copies were made and that means my photo and name (in the photo credit) will be seen by potentially half a million people for a whole month! Suddenly all the years of hard work and struggling through a tough recession are paying off, and most of the credit goes to our followers here at Leighton Photography & Imaging/FloridaNaturePhotography.com for all your unremitting input, encouragement and friendship – without you, none of this would be possible! A HUGE thank you to everyone!



2011 National Audubon Society Calendar (cover)

Whooping Crane

Original Uncropped Image – Whooping Crane (Central Florida, 2008)

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Rich Leighton
January 28, 2011
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