The Charlotte chapter of the Carolina Nature Photographers Association volunteers a couple of times a year to help the folks at Tiger World. We helped with painting and raking leaves. After all the work is done they treat us to a tour of Tiger World so that we can get some special photos. They brought out their new baby Snow Monkey for us to see, she was so cute!
I met photographers and friends for a photo outing to the Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, NC. It was a beautiful day with nice clouds in the sky. Here is a photo I took of the vineyards. I processed this as a HDR image with 3 images using Photomatix. Post processing with Photoshop and the Nik filters Define and Viveza.
I went to Tiger World in Rockwell, NC today. The goals of Tiger World are “Education – To provide a stimulating learning environment for generations to come. Conservation & Preservation – To promote awareness about the Endangered and Threatened Species of the world. Protection & Safety – To maintain a safe secure preservation area for the public and for endangered and threatened wildlife. I am helping sponsor Meka a Siberian tiger cub that was born at Tiger World. She is such a sweet cub. Here’s a photo I took of her today.
I went on a photography outing to Shelton Vineyards. This is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina located in Yadkin Valley near Mt. Airy. A group of 35 photographers met early in the morning at the winery. The property is beautifully maintained. This was a wonderful photography opportunity, we all had a great time!
I went to Tiger World on Saturday to see the new tiger cub Malia. She’s a rare snow leopard with the recessive gene that makes her tiger stripes very faint. She is so adorable. Friends of mine Susan and Todd Stein have sponsored her. I met Susan at Tiger World to spend a few minutes with Malia. Here are a couple of images. Jess and Lea are her trainers. Malia climbed into my lap on her own while I was in her cage with her. You can’t help but fall in love with her.