This is a post I’m really proud of. Earlier this year, I was contacted by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society on Florida’s Sanibel Island about the possibility of one of my images being used for an installation at the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Even though I now live in the opposite corner of the country, The Sanibel area is where I was born (actually Bradenton – about an hour north the way I drive), but I lived in Fort Myers (same county) for 11 years and spent half my life either fishing or photographing wildlife on Sanibel Island. Months of emails, proposals and a massive file transfer later, it’s now a reality forever reproduced as a tile wall at the new Visitor Center. Now I can’t wait to go back home and see it in person!

Photos courtesy of  the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society via Carrie Alexander


The Mangrove Coast (My Original Image – December 2008 – Sanibel Island)


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October 25, 2017

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