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Adventures Near and Afar

A sneak peek at the latest artwork

Isilo
My illustrator is working hard on the watercolors for "The Elephant's Euphonium." Coming soon!!
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Large Tusker Update

An update from my co-author James Currie:

"The death of Satao 2 earlier this year reminds us how urgently we need to do something. When I started this documentary there were approximately 40 big tuskers left. Just three years later, its believed that there are now only 22 remaining on our beautiful planet. Our filming trip last September to Kenya reminds us how much these guys need our help."  Read More 
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Lava At Night

A massive collapse at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii's Volcano National Park on New Year's Eve resulted in 26 acres falling into the ocean. I took this dramatic photo of the lava lake surface at Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook at the Jaggar Museum in mid December.
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African Roundtable: Selected Topics from an Emerging Continent

On Safari!
April-May 2017
African Roundtable: Selected Topics from an Emerging Continent (OSHER at Dartmouth)

I will be co-leading a class at Dartmouth College with Norman Miller (Professor Emeritus at the Geisel School of Medicine).

Much of our fascination with Africa today starts with the human story, the evolution of our ancestors, the "invention" of medicine, art and religion, and the contemporary relations between humans, animals and their environment. Africa is also a complex 21st-century continent and our focus will include two sessions on modern politics and economic development including foreign aid issues.

Drawing on local expertise, the course co-directors have selected six specific themes that illustrate these universal topics: (1) African Prehistory and the Modern Fossil Discoveries in South Africa; (2) African Traditional Medicine and Cross Cultural Healing; (3) Indigenous Religion, Spiritism and Witchcraft, as seen in African art; (4) Contemporary Issues of African Wildlife and Conservation; (5) the Role of Foreign Aid and Non-Governmental Organizations; and (6) Key Political Trends in Today's Africa.

Invited guests include Dr. Jeremy DeSilva (Anthropology), Ambassador Roland Kuchel (Zambia and Eastern Europe), Dr. Nelson Kasfir (Political Science).  Read More 
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Morocco by Donkey!

The best way to get around the holy city of Moulay Idriss! Donkeys are used to transport everything - people, shopping, luggage, beds, fridges, and furniture. Due to the hilly nature of the streets, it's the only transportation game in town.

Dar Zerhoune, the award-winning inn in the heart of the city, sponsors a community project offering free veterinary care for the local donkeys each month.  Read More 
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Sunrise over Tembe Elephant Park

Sunrise Over Tembe
This is my beautiful picture of the sunrise over the sand forest. I recently traveled to Tembe Elephant Park to research and photograph Africa's largest elephants, the giant tuskers. Tembe is located in South Africa between Zululand and Mozambique.
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The Elephant's Euphonium

A new book coming soon! The story of Isilo, one of the last great tuskers of Africa, is told through the eyes of his young son Simon. This youthful, fun-loving elephant just wants to play and create mischief. But as he grows up, his mother takes him on a journey to find out what happened to his father. Follow along as Simon learns the fate of his father and discovers his own destiny.

By Bonnie J. Fladung
Illustrated by Margo Gabrielle Damian
Afterword by James Alexander Currie
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What to read when traveling to South Africa

National Geographic recommends reading "When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer" before traveling on safari to South Africa in 2016. Great for the armchair traveler as well!

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-winter-trips-2016/#/lion-hluhluwe-umfolozi-game-reserve_92412_600x450.jpg
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Northern Woodlands Writers & Readers Conference 2015

October 16-18
Fairlee, VT

Featured speakers: Bernd Heinrich, Peter Forbes and David Macaulay

The conference explores how writers, artists and educators express the rich forest heritage of the Northeast: both the natural history of our region, and the interactions of people and place.

http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert-outdoor-center/NWWC/
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Deep Travel to Morocco - October 2015

Amazing 10-day journey into the heart of storytelling in Morocco! Attended workshops with Hajj Ahmed Ezzarghani, one of the last two master storytellers in Morocco, and his apprentices Malika and Ahmin.

Met the people in Morocco who are helping keep the storytelling tradition alive, including photographer Omar Chennafi, restaurateur Mike Richardson, and author Sandy McCutcheon.

Thanks to the Deep Travel team:
Christina Ammon - travel writer
Erin Byrne - travel writer
Anna Elkins - poetess and illustrator
Doug Cordell - National Public Radio storyteller, performer, and Emmy-nominated writer

The final night featured our storytelling performances at the legendary Cafe Clock in Marrakech in front of a live audience!
http://marrakech.cafeclock.com
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