Connie Toops

Connie Toops

THE FILE 50,000 35mm.
OVERVIEW More than three decades of experience as a writer/photographer documenting natural and human history. Quality photos and photo/text packages professionally prepared from a naturalist's perspective.
NATURAL HISTORY Encyclopedic coverage of Everglades over 25 years. Extensive files of Great Smokies/Shenandoah/Blue Ridge Parkway, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Buffalo River, Crater Lake, Lava Beds. Animal and plant closeups, ecosystems, endangered species, natural landscapes, with and without people. Eco-oriented visitor activities, environmental issues, fire fighting, park rangers in action, wildlife research.
GENERAL STOCK U.S. historic parks and monuments, especially Civil War, early settlements. Antietam, Colonial Williamsburg, C&O Canal, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Natchez Trace, Shiloh. Historic buildings, landscapes with and without people, living history reenactments.
SPECIALTIES Gardening for Wildlife: Backyard landscapes for birds, butterflies, small mammals, beneficial insects and reptiles. Deep files of bluebirds, hummingbirds, butterflies. National Parks: Lived in Everglades, Shenandoah, Gulf Islands, Buffalo River, Rocky Mountains, Lava Beds, Crater Lake NPs. Natural landscapes, closeups of plants and animals, environmental issues, visitor activities. Currently living in western North Carolina, near Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains NP. Historic Parks: Civil War sites/reenactments at Antietam, Gettysburg, Shiloh, more. Colonial settlement areas, including Williamsburg, C&O Canal, Natchez Trace. Horticulture: Annuals, perennials, water gardens, shrubs, trees, specimen house plants.
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS Encyclopedic coverage of Everglades NP over more than two decades. Southeast: Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia. Cascade Mountains (CA, OR). Rocky Mountains (CO, WY). Eastern and western Australia. Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador/Galapagos, Trinidad and Tobago.
RECENT COVERAGE Provided photos and text for a National Wildlife print article and web post about the March 2011 tsunami that killed thousands of birds at Midway Atoll NWR. Author of a guidebook for visiting Midway. Coauthor of Peterson Field Guide: Hummingbirds and Butterflies (2011, Houghton Mifflin). Documented activities on a small farm in western North Carolina for Farm & Ranch Living magazine and two rural homesteads for Country magazine. Documented the declining Florida torreya tree (an endangered endemic species found only in a small area of the Florida Cloud Forest Reserve near Quito, Ecuador: Cloud forest scenics, ecotourism, hummingbirds, flowers. Galapagos Islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Bartolome, North Seymore, Santa Cruz and Espanola. Endearing photos of waved albatross; Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed boobies; Darwin finches; Galapagos sea lions; marine iguanas; land iguanas; giant tortoises. Also scenic landscapes and ecotourism.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PLANS Retired from photographic and writing projects December 2016.
CREDITS Magazines: American Forests, Audubon, Birder's World, Birds and Blooms, Bird Watcher's Digest, Business Week, Country, Defenders, Diversion, Garden Gate, Historic Traveler, Islands, National Parks, National Wildlife, Natural History, Nature Photographer, Nature's Best, Newsweek, Organic Gardening, Orion, Outdoor America, Outdoor & Nature Photographer, Outside, Popular Photography, Sierra, Wilderness, Wildlife Conservation, Woman's Day, Woman's World. Books: Abbeville, APA Insight Guides, Britannica, Houghton Mifflin, KC Publications, National Geographic, National Park Service, Ortho, Reader's Digest, Rodale, Saunders, Sierra Club, Stewart Tabori & Chang, Storey, Sunset, Thomasson-Grant, Time-Life, Voyageur. Author/Photographer: The Alligator, Birds of South Florida, Bluebirds Forever, Crater Lake Trails, Florida Everglades, Great Smoky Mountains, Hummingbirds - Jewels in Flight, National Seashores, Owls. Paper Products: Audubon, Carolyn Bean, Dream Garden, Kodak, Reiman Publications, Sierra Club, Thirteen Squared, Voyageur. Awards: 1998 Humanitarian Photographer of the Year Semi-Finalist, NANPA Outstanding Service Award 1997. Midwest Independent Publishers Assn. Merit Award 1995: Bluebirds Forever, Best Environmental/Nature Book.
COMMENTS Produced fully researched photos and text from a naturalist's perspective. Former contributing editor: Birder's World. Poised public speaker on natural history, photography and writing topics; workshop leader.
Connie Toops
774 Wilson Cove Branch Road
Marshall NC 28753-7747

828 649-3276

828 649-3275



Photographer Connie Toops in her backyard wildlife habitat, designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds (0892)

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