Wednesday, December 30, 2009

MIndmeld Photography: Looking Ahead to 2010

As 2010 begins my plans for Mindmeld Photography are to continue seeking publishing and presentation opportunities.
Thus far I have received ten requests for presentations in 2010. One I am very much looking forward to making a presentation before the St. Louis Camera Club in mid-April. I will continue to pursue publishing opportunites as well.
In late January I will again attend the Space Coast Birding Festival in TItusville, Florida. While Arthur Morris will not be present this year, bird photographers Milton Heiberg, Reineir Munguia, and Joanne WIlliams will return and I have signed up for in-the-field workshops with them. I am also
going to participate in a workshop lead by Robert Ameruso. I plan to go to Florida near the middle of the month to do additional bird photography in the area.
I have five presentation scheduled for February (four on Abraham Lincoln). In March I will have my third Photography Display at Rock Springs Environmental Center in my hometown.
In April, I will make a presentation on "Bird Biology and Photography" to the St. Louis Camera Club in St. Louis, Missouri. The next morning I will leave for my 41st Elderhostel program in Santa Fe, NM. The theme of the program is "Tony Hillerman: Author". I am a major fan of his mystery novels which involve two Navaho Tribal Policemen who solve crimes on the Navaho Reservation.
Having participated in three Elderhostels involving learning about the tribe, while reading the novels I can relate to the places sited and think to myself "I've been there". Mr. Hillerman's daughter is scheduled to appear to talk about her father as part of the program.
On my way to and from Santa Fe, I plan to visit and photograph sites along the Santa Fe Trail.
While going TO Santa Fe I plan to take the "mountain" trail over Raton Pass in Colorado; I hope to return FROM Santa Fe via the Cimarron River (Desert) branch of the SFT. I look forward to his adventure and have been reading about the sites I will visit.
In May I will return to Florida as I participate in my 50th High School Reunion program for
Lyman High School. I only lived in Florida for my senior year in high school and have missed previous reunions. In recent years I have reestablished contact with some of my classmates and met with them a few times over dinner during my Florida visits. I look forward to seeing even more of my classmates at this celebration.
Of course while in Florida I will do some bird photography. I will likely visit Gatorland Zoo in Orlando and/or St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoo in St. Augustine, Florida. These sites are noted as great bird nesting sites in Florida with great access for photographers.
Later in the summer I hope to do some Elderhostels in the West (maybe back to Montana where I've done six (Glacier National Park?).
I am looking forward to another great year for Mindmeld Photography.

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