decmindmeldphotography.com: Bio

Following my retirement as a biology teacher, I have devoted my time to two new passions....photography and travel.

I love photographing wildlife (mostly birds) in their environment. I have photographed birds in the Everglades, at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, at St. Augustine Florida Alligator Farm and many other sites in Florida. Currently may favorite wildlife sites are in central Florida (Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLeon Springs, and the Rich Grissom Welands in Vierra. I also photograph birds and wildlife in my home state of Illinois. While traveling I am always on the outlook for wildlife photography opportunities.

I also love photographing historical sites. I have traveled and photographed the Lewis and Clark Trail from Fort Massac in Illinois to Fort Clatsop in Oregon. I have also photographed 1200 miles of the Oregon Trail, and 900 miles of the Mormon Historic Trail. In 2010 I have completed and photographed the Santa Fe Trail and the Bozeman Trail in Wyoming. While traveling the trails I have also visited and photographed western military fort sites and many well-known Indian battle sites (including Little Bighorn, Rosebud Creek, and Wounded Knee).

In Illinois I have followed the historic trails of George Rogers Clark, Lewis and Clark, Abraham Lincoln, and early French settlers of the American Bottoms.

I love presenting powerpoint slide programs of my travels and have made over 180 of such presentations to libraries, service clubs, audubon clubs, camera clubs, etc.

To date I have had ten photo essay articles published and have sold the rights to use over 50 of my images (including five covers for Illinois Audubon Magazine).

I sincerely hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as I enjoyed making them.

Thanks,
Don Chamberlain