"Today the objects of my deepest affection are birds that I had ignored or took for granted for the first forty year of my life."
This is a quote from Theodore Cross's new book, Waterbirds. I ordered the book last week and got it in the mail last night. I spent most of the night pouring over the amazing pictures. The above was written in the preface. I felt the same having just taken up bird photography in the last year.
Bird photography was a hobby for Theordore that became full time as he got older. At the age of 86 he was still out taking pictures of birds. He traveled all over the world taking pictures. I stumbled on the article from Tampabay.com in February about his travels and pictures and was thinking "I need to get this book". I had almost forgotten about it when 2 weeks later I stumbled across the article on his death. He was in south Florida, where he had a winter home, taking pictures. At some point during his visit he had fallen and then had a heart attack. I immediately ordered the book and regretted never being able to meet him and bug him with tons of bird photography questions.
Original article about his life http://www.tampabay.com/features/humaninterest/article1074498.ece.
Article about his death http://www.tampabay.com/news/obituaries/ted-cross-businessman-bird-lover-and-author/1076698.
His book http://www.amazon.com/Waterbirds-Theodore-Cross/dp/0393072266.