ATTENTION VISITORS TO THIS SITE . . . IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
Some visitors have opened albums and viewed only the few photos they could see, not realizing that all photos do not automatically display when an album first opens. May I suggest that once you open an album, scroll to the bottom, below the last photo, and click on, "Show All."
All photos in that album will then display.
WELCOME, EVERYONE, to the photo gallery. I'm Bill Edmundson, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, near the great and beautiful Atlantic Ocean. I've been enjoying professional photography since 1964, and I see no end to the pleasure. I'm glad that you've visited here, and I do sincerely hope you enjoy viewing the photographs.
My contact information is at the bottom of these notes.
Wildlife Photography, my first priority:
Although I've served as a photographer in forensics (CSI), architecture, industrial and other fields, nature & wildlife photography remain my first loves. So, as may be expected, most photos on this site are Nature and wildlife related, although there are also some others, such as some albums dedicated to my high school classmates, SHS class of 1954.
South Africa was a highlight of my life.
I am one of those folks who absolutely have to be among the luckiest persons in the world. In early October, 2012, I got to spend two weeks in the plains, brush and mountains of South Africa, traveling and photographing wildlife through at least four provinces from Kwazulu Natal all the way down to the Indian Ocean.
Along the way, I was privileged to be able to get some reasonably closeup photos of lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, wildebeest, monkeys, two herds of elephants and a host of many, many other wild animals.
I learned that only when one is many, many miles into the brush, away from all civilization, can one really grasp the immenseness ... the great expance of land and sky of Africa. Standing on a mountaintop and seeing perhaps 75 miles with no sign of human life ... no towers, no fences, no people, no cell signals ... one can only stand in awe of the vastness of South Africa's wilderness.
The diversity of wildlife is nearly incomprehensible. And to see the wildlife in their own habitat ... big cats, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, wildebeest, cape buffalo, etc., etc., -- wild and roaming free is a rare treat for any human. To be able to get close enough to photograph lions' and cape buffalos' eyes (albeit with a good lens) seems almost to be just a good dream for a wildlife photographer. The sights and events will remain in memory for a lifetime, and I have hope of repeating the events ... perhaps next time in Botswana where they say lions are even more plentiful.
Along the way, I met many Afrikaners and must say their courtesies and friendliness were unbelievably great. Along the way, I met a great bunch of folks on safari, and thankfully made some new friends who share a love of animals and wildlife and wildlife photography.
As of the moment, I have posted on this web site, about 200-plus photos from my Africa travels. Please check back for more photos. As time permits, I will post the remaining photos ... perhaps 500 more. I can only hope it is possible that you, the viewers, can enjoy the animals and views as much as I have. To view them, open a folder named, "Africa Wildlife."
Unless stated otherwise, all photographs on this web site were made by me,
and I will continue making and adding more photos on a regular basis. In the viewing area, see a section entitled, Recent Photos. That will allow you to find new photos without having to scan through all photos in your search for new ones.
Please do enjoy the amazing animals:
While spending days in the fields, forests and on the waters, it's amazing and enlightening to view, through the camera's lenses, the wonderous beauty and intelligence of the animals and birds. I sincerely hope you get as much joy from romping with the critters in these photographs as much as I have enjoyed photographing them.
Nature & wildlife on this site include:
Photos on this site will include many species of Animals, including deer, elk, foxes, wild ponies, dogs, cats, racoons, and many others species. You'll also fly with the birds, including water fowl; near-shore birds; raptors, including eagles and owls; snow Geese; tundra swans; herons and others. Some horses, too -- the wild horses of Chincoteague, of "Misty" fame.
Scenics, Landscapes and Seascapes:
For My High School Classmates (SHS):
- including old barns, Landscapes and Ocean and Chesapeake Bay views, some with critters included.
- And, a special treat: A Moonbow. Due to erosion, etc., the waterfall in Africa no longer produces moonbows, leaving Cumberland Falls in Kentucky as the only remaining falls in the world to create moonbows.
SOME HELPFUL TIPS:
- See the several "Somerset High School" albums, filed under "SHS." All albums are alphabetized.
- These will contain a large photo collection of our old stomping grounds ... photos that I've made over the the years, as well as some "oldies," and some submitted by our classmates.
- I hope each of you will enjoy visiting in the photographs of our old school and the many places we visited and hung out in and around Somerset and Pulaski County, Kentucky. More will be added as I visit back home.
- Eventually, I will have duplicates of each photo in black & white. Just a tad of nostalgia, you understand.
You may find that photos show the best color, saturation and detail in the slide show mode. Your call, of course. Hover your cursor over any photo, & commands will appear. Depending on where you place your cursor, you'll see controls such as back/forward, show captions, pause, brighter-darker, etc. In the upper right corner, see block marked, Captions. Click it, and you can click a box ordering that captions, if any, be shown automatically.
- Below are some tips that may make your viewing more pleasurable.
"Key Words" function is operational. Only a few photos are keyed now, but more later. Example: In the "search" box, enter "lighthouse," "elk," "eagle,"or "deer," and you should see some albums that contains them.
- Captions are on some photos, and more will be added. When a photo is displayed, the caption will be adjacent to the applicable photo. Please watch for them, as they often explain the story about a particular photo.
To exit an album and view another:
- Click a thumbnail, and photo will enlarge. Click the enlargement, and it will mostly fill the screen. Clicking "Esc" or the "X," in the upper right of the screen restores the slide to normal.
- Note: Only so many thumbnails can appear on the screen, leading some to believe that is all the photos in the album. Below the thumbnails is a command to "show more."
If you finish viewing an album and want to exit and go to another, just click on "Home," upper left, and that will take you back to the home page where you may select a different album of photos.
A note about printing photos:
Any photos printed from this site should be printed at an aspect ratio of 2:3, meaning prints sizes such as 4x6- or 8x12-inches. Printing at customary sizes as 4x5 or 8x10 will result in parts of the photos being cropped out of the photo. Photos may be framed according to size, or may also be printed on items such as coffee cups, etc. For downloads or printing, please email me with details. Click here : BEdmundson@aol.com
Please note that in viewing photos, you may leave comments. Please feel free to do so. Suggestions for improvement of the site are also always welcome.
Thanks so much for visiting