Maine Woods National ParkMaine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project
Preserving Wildlife in Maine's Great North Woods
Journey into the proposed Maine Woods National Park with Tom and Lee Ann through these photographs and journals.

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Cow and Calf Moose
Loon on Moose Pond
Portait of a Deer
Goldeneye Duckling
White-Tail Deer Family
Fawn Pond Sunrise
Solitary Sandpiper
The Raven
Black Bear
Red Squirrel
Canada Geese
Common Flicker
Moose Portrait
Katahdin
The Buttermilks
Bittern
Deadwater
Bear Tracks
Spruce Grouse
Waxwings
Bull Moose

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About the Journey

At the tender age of 7 years old Thomas Mark Szelog discovered his calling. Despite residing in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire, he discovered and forged a relationship with wildlife along the banks of the nearby Merrimack River. Captivated with his sightings, he wanted to capture them forever, so he wrote personal journals about his wildlife encounters. His admiration for wildlife and nature developed into a high respect for the stamina, challenges, perseverance and determination that wildlife must endure in order to survive. He could relate since he was one of seven siblings, trying to survive in an impoverished family. His desire for documenting wildlife and their habitat expanded when he began creating photographs to accompany his journals. For the past 30 years Tom has been a professional wildlife photographer. He is a recipient of the Philip Hyde Award, presented annually to a photographer who is working to preserve the condition of the natural environment through the art of photography. His life-long respect and admiration for wildlife now guide him as a conservationist, using his photography and vision to help save what's left of our natural world with particular focus on the wild inhabitants within his own backyard of New England.

In 2007 Tom and his wife, Lee Ann founded the Maine Woods National Park Photo-Documentation Project. They have logged over 25,000 miles traveling the 3.2 million acres of the proposed Maine Woods National Park, exploring and photographing the wild that still survives and justifying why it needs preservation. Never before has a professional photography team extensively explored the depths of the North Woods of Maine.

What makes the Project highly unique is the northern forest of Maine is extremely wild and not easily accessible. Venturing into, and especially photographing this remote wilderness requires passion, vision, and mental and physical endurance. This extensive body of work of photographs and journals will become a testament to the land that still can be preserved through awareness and conservation. All photographs are created with the utmost reverence for nature and wildlife. No animals are baited or stalked, and no decoys or animal calls are used to obtain the photographs. Patience and perseverance are essential to photograph the wildlife in an unobtrusive manner.

With Tom primarily focusing on creating the photographs, Lee Ann Szelog works to educate and stimulate audiences about the park through a multi-media presentation, featuring Tom’s photographs and music by legendary folk singer, Pete Seeger. She is also coordinating the production of the book and fine-art photography exhibit. After spending 28 years working as a marketing and training executive, she founded Simply Put, a limited liability company specializing in presentations and programs to help people live life rather than react to it. For more information on Lee Ann’s presentations visit www.leeannszelog.com.

When Tom and Lee met in 1987 their mutual interest in lighthouses connected them. When they wed in 1989 they began their life together living in their dream home, a lighthouse on the Maine coast, which is documented in their multi-award-winning book, Our Point of View-Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, featuring Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. Moving to their second dream home in 2002, a log cabin in the Maine woods, they created the book, By a Maine River – A Year of Looking Closely, which explores the natural beauty found in their own backyard in Whitefield, Maine and inspires people to consider wildlife conservation, beginning in their own backyards.

Together, Tom and Lee Ann share the gifts of their words and photographs in narrated photography presentations and books to passionately educate and stimulate people to conserve, protect, honor and cherish wildlife.

  By a Maine River   Our Point of View  
 

By A Maine River - A Year of Looking Closely, published by Down East Books, is a year-long photographic journey discovering the soul and spirit of nature in the Szelog's woodland backyard in Whitefield, Maine. This book helps reinforce the importance of protecting our environment by providing a glimpse into the natural beauty that is often overlooked, yet found throughout our landscape.

 

Our Point of View - Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse, published by Down East Books, chronicles the 14 years Lee & Tom resided at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine. For anyone who imagines living in a century-old lightkeeper's house on the coast of Maine, this book allows readers to experience what it's like through Tom's photographs and journals by them both.

 
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