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Today and Tomorrow

Hazel Morris just before her 90ieth birthday. Happy bird-day Mom. Looking good!


Join me in wishing my Mom, Hazel Louise Morris, a happy birthday. She is 90 years old today. Who’d a thunk it? She’s been a great Mom for as long as I have known her and has spent a lifetime helping others.

My Mom, Mother Morris to me, has been living in Holbrook, NY for about five years with my younger sister Arna. She has been on a walker for the last three years after having her replacement left hip replaced. She gets around OK and is of sound mind. She enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, listening to books on tape and CD, and watching all manner of TV programs including “Chopped,” “Pawn Stars,” “American Pickers,” and her absolute favorite, “Storage Wars.” Heck, when I am visiting Long Island which has been a lot these last few years, I actually watch that some of them. I love “Chopped.”

I spent Saturday past at Fort DeSoto with a new client, Dennis Cassidy, a cardiologist from St. Pete. We had a great time and I was delighted to learn that Dennis is a Happy Camper. Not wanting to drive home in the dark I got a motel room and headed back to DeSoto early on Sunday morning. As you can see by the look on my face, it was a wonderful morning. I spent the whole time hand holding my 500mm f/4L IS II with the 1D X and I and all of my gear wound up soaking wet and covered with sand from head to toe. I had a blast. I met a nice young photographer named Robert Kimbrell on the sand spit near the Gulf and asked him if he would photograph me and send me a JPEG. He did and came through with flying colors. Thanks Robert! Ask and ye shall receive.


A Bird Photographer’s Story/Orange Audubon Society: September 20, Orlando, FL

Yours truly will be presenting “A Bird Photographer’s Story” for the Orange Audubon Society tomorrow, September, 20, at 7 pm in the Camellia Room at the Harry P. Leu Garden, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803. This slide-illustrated lecture will feature hundreds of my spectacular images (he said modestly) as I share the story of my life’s journey from my childhood in Brooklyn through my 23-year teaching career in New York City to the realization of my dream of becoming a full time professional nature photographer specializing in birds. As you travel with me to my favorite locations I will be telling everyone about the birds and other creatures that I photograph and about the equipment and techniques that I use to create my images. A selection of books and CDs will be available for purchase before and after the program. Click here for details.

Of special note: My one and only photography instructor, Milton Heiberg (eight Tuesday nights for two hours starting in February, 1984), will be in attendance along with BAA Posse member Robert Amoruso, my daughter Jennifer, and my only granddaughter, Maya Egensteiner. I should have several lenses there for you to get your hands on including the 800mm f/5.6L IS, the 500 f/4L IS II, and the 300mm f/2.8L IS II along with a 5D Mark III and the EOS-1DX. The event of course is being generously sponsored by Canon USA/Explorers of Light.

If you live within two hours of Orlando and you miss this you gotta be nutz!

NYC Weekend Nature Photography Seminar

Presented by Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure and Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York. December 8-9, 2012 from 9am-4:30pm.
Weekend: $169. SAT or SUN: $99. Lodging available for out of town guests.
Saturday: Image Capture Sunday: Image Evaluation and Processing

Click here for complete details including the Saturday and Sunday schedules, club and group discount info, and registration incentives and for more info on the In-the-Field Seminar Follow-up Workshop.

Artie, the grizzled veteran, is widely noted as one of the premier bird photographers, tour leaders, and educators on the planet. Denise, who specializes in flowers, is the mega-creative up-and-comer, a popular lecturer, a skilled field instructor, and an amazing Photoshop wizard who will share her tips and tricks with you. Both artie and denise are full time professional nature photographers.

BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tours

Click here for complete IPT information including the current schedule and links to general IPT info, deposit and cancellation policies. and the required registration and release forms.

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57 comments to Today and Tomorrow

  • avatar Sudhir Das

    Belated Many Happy returns of the day. from India.

  • avatar Faraaz

    Happy belated birthday – from Trinidad πŸ™‚

    The greatest gift a mother can give to the world is an educator. We all thank you for that!

  • avatar Theodoros Naziridis

    Happy birthday Mrs Morris from Greece.
    You have a great son.

  • avatar Vincent Scarnecchia

    Happy birthday Mrs Morris and God Bless.
    PS You have a great son.

  • avatar Mr. Jim

    Hello Mother Morris,

    Congratulations on your latest accomplishment. It’s a big job that takes 90 years to complete. hope you don’t mind, but now you have a new job. Since my Mom has recently passed I need a new one, so I have elected you as my surrogate Mom. It’s a big job but someone needs to do it. Love you Mom, Jim (from BIRDS AS ART)

  • Happy birthday, enjoy it , god bless her

  • Hello Hazel,

    Happy Birthday! I hope you day and year are wonderful.

    You have a very special son who I am proud to be friends with.

    Helen Longest-Saccone

  • Happy Birthday Mom Morris.You do look very healthy and content and Artie that’s a great shot of you. Sorry I missed the show and I hope you had fun.

  • avatar Bill Eaton

    A very Happy Birthday to Hazel and good wishes to you as well Art.You look very content in the sand at Fort Desoto.Having just moved to Florida in March I have yet to make the trip over from PalmCity but it is high on my to do list.

  • avatar Charles Scheffold

    You certainly look like a happy camper there on the beach!

    Sounds like your mom watches all of the same shows as Karen and I – I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing πŸ™‚

  • avatar Betty Bryan

    Happy Birthday Mrs Morris. I hope you have many more outstanding years.

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    Have a very happy Birthday Hazel and many more to come. That’s a great image of you Artie. It’s a keeper for sure!!

  • avatar Greg Payne

    Happy birthday from south Arkansas!

  • Happy Birthday to Mrs. Morris, looking happy and distinguished!

  • avatar Kiran Poonacha

    Happy birthday mother Morris, Wishing you good health and happiness… And thank you for giving us Arthur… loads of love from India. Regards,

  • avatar Andrew

    Outstanding! Happy Birthday!

  • Happy Birthday Mrs Morris,

    Enjoy this great day and may you see many more happy birthdays for years to come. I work with Arthur, it is a pleasure.



  • avatar Jim Crabb

    Obviously, Mrs Morris, you passed along that gene to Artie that inspires him to help others. He is a great teacher and devoted son. May your blessings continue with many more Happy Birthdays.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Happy birthday, Mrs. Morris, and many happy returns. You gave us a gift in your son. Artie, Robert’s photo shows you looking happy and young. I understand the sandbox questions, you seem to have sand all over yourself and even your equipment.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks David. It took me 45 minutes to clean the 1D X. Jim is working on the 500 II now….

  • avatar Jay

    Happy birthday Mama Morris.

  • avatar Stuart Frohm

    Happy birthday, Mrs. Morris!

  • avatar Jim Kranick

    Hope you had a happy birthday yesterday Mrs. Morris!

    Artie, I look foreward to seeing you tonight.

  • avatar Pat Fishburne

    Dear Mother Morris:

    Happy 90th!! You’ve got a wonderful son — I know that you are very proud of him!

    Pat and Stokes Fishburne

  • Happy birthday!!! and may joy and happiness follow you.

  • avatar Paul Smith

    Happy Birthday Mother Morris and L’Shana Tova to both of you!

  • avatar Mike Magden

    Happy and healthy birthday to your mom.

  • Happy Birthday Momma Morris. You’re looking good! You look pretty happy and healthy yourself, Artie.

  • avatar Neill Crawford

    Happy Birthday Mum….that’s how we say it in England….:)

    Artie, you look totally happy and content in that image….great shot Robert

  • avatar Jeff

    September 19 is a great day for great mom birthdays as it is my mom’s birthday too. Happy Birthday Mrs. Morris. You raised a happy camper son who has your smile.

  • Mrs. Morris,
    Hope you had a great day and many more.

    BTW Did your son have a sandbox when he was growing up? Just wondering…

    • avatar Arna Morris

      As I remember, there were no sand boxes but my brother collected every kind of bug – butterfly – rocks! So he’s been out doors most of his life! I remember once when he hatched a cocoon in his bedroom (we watched it together). He let it fly right out of his bedroom window. It was a beautiful moth, very large! As a family we spent alot of time at the beach too! He was always free spirited and very independent! Thanks for asking, brought back some memories,
      Artie’s little sister – Arna

      • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

        Hey Arna, Arna is the good sister :)! Ilene, the older of my two sisters, stabbed me in the head with a pair of scissors when I was about 6; she was 4. She used a hammer on my head when I was about 8. We still get along great to this day! Though we did not have a sand box we had a great rock garden in front of the house at 2046 East 38th St. in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn. I played on the rock piles for hours with the toy soldiers–lead of course–that my late Dad would get for me as gifts. They were painted brown and green and silver. But Arna did not know of that rock pile as she came along ten years after me. I actually had a third sister, Carla who was born before me. But she died from infantile diarrhea at about two weeks of age. That while my Dad was already overseas for WWII. A tough time for my Mom for sure. But she has survived well.

      • avatar Richard Curtin

        Thanks for sharing the memories on such a great occasion. Best wishes to you all.

  • avatar Arla

    Happy Birthday, Mrs. Morris! I like your favorite shows — especially Storage Wars. That Bsrry is really some character!
    Happy New Year too.

  • Happy, happy birthday Hazel! Enjoy your day, see you soon.

  • avatar Chris Cooke

    A very Happy Birthday Mrs. Morris and may you enjoy many many more. You did a pretty good job of keeping Arthur on the straight and narrow and you must be very proud of our favorite aging hippy. Keep on walking my wife looks after older folks with hip replacements and has often said that women recover far better than men after hip surgery as they are accustomed to a bit of pain whereas men just slump into comfy chairs (not good for you)and watch football when they should be out walking.

    All the best.



    Thanks to all your friends Arthur. I enjoyed all the good wishes. I will read more tomorrow. Good night for now. Love, Momma Morris

  • avatar Alissa

    Happy birthday to the best Nana in the world!!! Love you more than words can say. xoxoxoxo, Lis

  • avatar Loren Charif

    MM, mazel tov on your very special day! And congratulations on raising such a mensch; it must have been a labor of love !

  • avatar Gaurav Mittal

    Happy Birthday Mamma Morris!, you surely gave us a gem of a person πŸ™‚

  • avatar Patty Corapi

    Happy Birthday Mother Morris. Enjoy your special day.

    I wish I had known about the talk earlier I would have loved to have come and heard you speak. But I’ll be in JAX working. πŸ™

    Have a wonderful day.

    Patty Corapi

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Bummer. It was in the last Notes. I always love getting a hug from Crappy Patti :).

      • avatar Patty Corapi

        I was been so swamped I only got a chance to breeze over the last note. And no this time I wasn’t in the swamp. LOL Miss you and hope to see you soon.

  • avatar Steven Berkowitz

    Happy Birthday, Artie’s mom – you did a good job raising him.

  • 1. Happy Birthday Mother Morris!
    2. I knew I should have gone to Ft. D this past weekend. Promise I wouldn’t have run up on you and flushed your subjects. πŸ™‚
    3. See ya tomorrow!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I am looking forward to it. I just put the last new slides in the program. You will see em and weep. Be sure to introduce yourself and bring some friends.

  • Happy Birthday Mrs. Morris!!! I’d never have guessed 90…you look great! Wishing you the very best on this day πŸ™‚

  • avatar John Zimmerman

    Happy Birthday Hazel. You are looking great.

  • Dear Mrs. Morris,
    Congratulations for this wonderful milestone. Wishing you a wonderful Birthday with many more to follow.
    Much Love,
    Dr. Cliff

  • You look happy and healthy Artie! Wonderful photo!

  • avatar Peter Kes

    Hi Hazel, Happy birthday from Switzerland !