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Newsletter # 55
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Florida Scenic



Raccoon Family





From where I stand, this event was an enormous success for all concerned thanks to the hard work of those ‘at the helm’, the volunteers, and all the participants. It truly appears to have become an international event, and Titusville and all the leaders in charge should be proud. I know I am, this being my seventh year as a speaker, workshop leader, & booth participant. There is a huge amount of work that goes into developing a presentation, preparing images and setting up a booth, and of course the unknown factors when conducting in-the-field workshops; ie: poor weather, destinations closing down without notice, people getting lost etc. I just want to give a huge thanks to Jeff, Kris, Ron & Tad for all their help during the event, Laura for all her help & good work back at my office, and to each and every one of you who attended my presentations, laughed where you were supposed to, went “ahhhh or ooooo” on cue, and filled me full of compliments about my work. It makes all the hard work worth it. It was great fun seeing old friends and making new ones. I am particularly interested in hearing from those of you who participated in my in-the-field and/or classroom workshops and see some of your images. If you have any questions or need any assistance, e-mail me or call anytime. I have very broad, thick shoulders and would also love to hear any suggestions, thoughts, or ideas on how to improve on my presentations or your experiences during the workshops. Thank you for taking the time.

During the Festival, a number of you came to me expressing your disappointment about being unable to attend any of my foreign Photo Tours due to families, jobs, finances, time-constraints etc., etc. I have avoided doing much in the way of Florida Tours as there are so many of these already being conducted that I wasn’t sure it would draw much interest. Much of what many of you have written to me or have said now leads me to believe otherwise. Read on please……….


A New “Joanne Williams Photo Safari/Adventure In FLORIDA!!”


Even though I was raised outside of Boston, in the very old, little New England town of Hingham and am referred to as a “dyed (or is it died?)-in-the-wool” New Englander, or Yankee, the fact remains that I was born on the beautiful, historic St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. In many of my slide presentations or speaking engagements, I mention the fact that most wildlife (especially the avian and mammal community) eventually return to its location of birth. I assume it’s some kind of instinctive ‘homing device’ built into most of us for whatever reason I’m not sure---probably something to do with adaptation or evolution---but whatever the reason may be, it is a pretty sure bet. For some unexplainable reason, even though I spent most of my formative, educational & young adult years in Massachusetts—no where near the St. Johns River, or a camera, for that matter—I have spent the last three decades nearby, in and around, or on this beautiful river, and at least one-half of that time with a camera in one hand and steering wheel of a boat in the other hand while shooting images of the fabulous wildlife, scenery, and people that live along this river!!! Early morning and evening reflections are ‘to die for’ if you are an avid nature lover with any sort of artistic eye for beauty. Otter families, eagles, woodstorks, limpkins, deer, wild turkeys, kazillions of ‘gators of all sizes and ages dot the banks of the river while manatee lazily feed along the river’s edges. I’ve spent years exploring this river’s protected areas where the wildlife is abundant, winding down old logging runs, trailing wood ducks through lily pads, playing ‘photo-tag’ with silly raccoons & otters while guiding the pontoon boat around abandoned fish camps or up little creeks in search of wading critters or nests.


This will be a four-day, three night tour which is pretty much all inclusive with lovely accommodations, good food, pontoon boat, professional photo assistance by yours truly, slide presentation and/or my “sharing images session”, which is just one of my learning tools I use to help you improve your photography skills. Hopefully there will be ‘peppy’ Photoshop input by all and shared knowledge regarding what we are all struggling to learn and master. Most of all, there will be wonderful photo “opps” in this little known area of Central Florida--- and great fun sharing those moments with new and old friends.


For those of you that are interested in a Florida Joanne Williams Photo Safari/Adventure, please let me know as soon as you can, as space will be limited due to how many I can accommodate on the pontoon boat or boats, which I will limit to two. If there is enough interest, and if it is at all feasible, I would consider two “back to back” trips. As it stands right now, all this will take place in the March 24th thru March 29th time frame. There are other dates available to me in April, but before I went any further I am trying to discern the level of interest. The cost evaluation has not yet been completed, but I assure you it will be more than fair and reasonable as are all of my tours. Do visit my website gallery, the Florida portion at: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com as half of the images there are from this area.

Please call or e-mail me if you are interested and want more details at: jojo1w@comcast.net or cell: 954-914-5884




Come join the festivities at this year’s 14th Annual Art Exhibition held at the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club on March 16th, 2008 from 11:00 am thru 3:00 pm. The address is 2701 NE 42 nd Street in Lighthouse Point (off of 39 th Avenue from Federal Hwy)…..954-942-7244

The Yacht Club has kindly opened its doors free of charge to the public. This annual gathering of local artists is a continuing tribute to Norma Cerino whose vision, back in 1995, was to gather as many talented artists and art lovers together under one roof to share their ideas and appreciation of art.



Brazil’s PANTANAL, and the world’s largest in-land-wetland tour is finally all in place. There are a few spaces left...... The following are the details:


Date: June 7th through June 21st

Cost: $5,800.00 double occupancy

Single supplement…..$1,000.00

Deposit : A $500.00 non-refundable deposit required to save your space. (applied to balance)

Trip Deposit: $3,000.00 deposit due by February 15th

Balance Due : By March 31st.

Tour includes: Wonderful accommodations & meals; Naturalist/guides (full tour); All transportation (full tour); Park Fees; Two night-drives/safaris with guides (you may purchase other night drives); Professional Photographic assistance available

Tour does Not include: Tips for drivers, guides or staff personnel (ask for recommendations); Personal sherpas (available with advanced notice); Air fare; Personal items (liquor, gifts, trip insurance etc.)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: My pricing this year will, for the first time, have to consider the exchange rates for Madagascar and Brazil. My tour costs are being quoted in Euro dollars and Brazilian Reals due to the devaluation in the dollar worldwide. The current Exchange rate for these 2 countries as of January 19, 2008 are:


US $5,800.00

Real (Brazilian currency) 10,330.00

Current Exchange Rate: 1.781 Real per US $1.00

Photo Researchers, Editors, and Publishers:

As stated in previous newsletters, at no obligation to you, send me a “want list” of images you are looking for that may coincide with a trip I’m about to take, or have recently taken, and I’ll do my very best to seek out that subject and shoot it with your request in mind. This may save you some expense, give me a specific mission and possibly a sale of that image. It’s a ‘win, win situation’!

A quick reminder that my library of 35mm original slides houses approximately 75,000 images, and my digital library presently holds over 41,000 (and growing-hourly)!

My website holds an in-depth Stock Shop for your quick review: www.joannewilliamsphoto.com

Photographic Accessories

Screen Shades for LCD panels on digital Cameras

At last! You can see the LCD panel on your digital camera even on sunny and glary days! Also protects the UV effects of the sun on the screen...$25. each. (add $1.00 for shipping and handling)


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The Better Beamer Flash Extender

For telephoto lenses from 300mm on up only

$45.00 each

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        Specifications & Functions

  • Reduces battery drain
  • Weighs 2 1/2 ounces
  • Easy to use
  • Fits in your shirt pocket
  • Flash reaches greater distances (about 500 ft.) w/smaller aperture
  • Fresnel lens stays in place with sturdy side-arms
"Keep Your Aperture Your Priority"
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Limpkin and Chick

Wood Duck


Turtle Gang

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