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Tripod for hiking photographers

For all you hiking photographers with heavy camera equipment. This new tripod definitely eliminates some weight. MeFoto’s aluminum tripod weighing 3.6 lbs.

* Available in 8 colors.
* Maximum load 17.6 lbs.
* Maximum height 61.6”.
* Folded length 15.4”.
* Leg with foam grip can be converted to a monopod.
* 2 leg angel positions.
* Integrated bubble on ball head.
* Twist to lock legs.
* Recessed hook on center-column.

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Sneak Peek at “I Am Africa”

This is a sneak preview of our new children’s book we are working on called “I am Africa”.  We set the storyboard of photos and words up in our office.  This gives us a visual of pictures we selected to match up with the story and those we may not have selected or are forgotten about that we may want to use.  We look for pictures that will compliment each other and also something that will fit the words.  We want to get a variety of images that are beautiful.

Sometimes we make adjustments to the story around an image that we would select over another.  This book we have over 40,000 images and we need to get down to approximately 40 images.  We are hoping to go to press with this book later this year.

I Am Africa

I Am Africa, a children’s book in progress


Art on the Rocks 2013: See Carl and Jean the weekend of July 27, 28

During Art on the Rocks 2013 in Marquette, Michigan you can stop by and say hello to Carl and Jean. Art on the Rocks has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country, attracting over 175 artists and 10,000 people each year.

In 2013, they will be celebrating the 55th annual Art on the Rocks in Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Saturday, July 27th, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, July 28th, 10am-5pm. Carl and Jean look forward to seeing you!

If you can’t make it to Art on the Rocks, you can order our books, DVD movies, plush, and prints from our books here, and order nature prints here.

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Stop by Art in the Park in Ludington, MI and say hi to Carl and Jean

Loons in the Mist

Loons in the Mist is a new gift book by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick.

Visit Carl and Jean in Ludington, Michigan this weekend at the West Shore Art League Art in the Park. The event will be held July 6 and 7 from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.

See two of our three new gift books, Loons in the Mist, and For the Love of Birds. Babies of the Wild will be available approximately mid-July and can be pre-ordered now.

Autographed children’s picture books, along with our movie DVDs, board books, stuffed toys, and nature prints will be for sale during the show. View our product line at and additional nature prints at

We hope to see you in Ludington!

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See Carl and Jean at Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden, this weekend

Little Gift Books for blog
Come to the Crosby Festival of the Arts at the Toledo Botanical Garden this weekend and say hi to Carl and Jean. Purchase one of our new gift books! You can also purchase our autographed New York Times best-selling children’s books, and DVDs, plush, and nature prints.

Dates and Times
Sat: June 29 10am – 7pm
Sun: June 30 10am – 4pm

Carl and Jean are looking forward to seeing you!

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New nature gift books! Order your complete set today

For the Love of Birds
Order your own set of our new nature gift books. For the Love of Birds, Loons in the Mist, and Babies of the Wild (Babies of the Wild is coming mid-July 2013-pre order now) can be yours.

Be sure to order one of each so you get the complete collection. Don’t miss out on any of these amazing photographs by Carl and Jean. Makes a great gift.

You can order them individually, but we recommend getting all three! Order now.

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Common loon photo by Carl R. Sams II

To see the first common loon Carl and Jean ever photographed click here. To get the photo, Jeannie laid down in the canoe with her lens resting on the edge of the boat.

Do you see the day-old chick swimming camouflaged close to its parent’s side? Learn more or purchase here.

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Board book teaches kids lessons of nature

In our board book Find My Friends, little ones will love the creatures of nature while learning how they use their special colors to hide. Perfect for toddlers 2-4 years old. Buy it or learn more here.

Sturdy Board Book, 14 color pages. Makes a great gift.


Voted Best Children’s Wildlife Film World-Wide: Lost in the Woods: The Movie


Lost in the Woods: The Movie is the winner of the Panda Award for the best wildlife film for children world-wide.

Looking for a fun and educational nature movie for your kids? Children of all ages will enjoy Lost in the Woods: The Movie, a tale of trust, patience, and waiting for your time. Buy it here.

Winner of the Panda Award for the Best Children’s Wildlife Film World-Wide, the DVD movie is fun for kids of all ages, and adults too!

Special Features
Special Features include “Sounds of the Forest-Interactive Game”; Behind the Scenes; Bearly Alike (sneak preview).

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Bird gift book coming this summer

For the Love of Birds
Coming mid-summer!: For the Love of Birds. The variety of vegetation, sheltering evergreens and fruit bearing trees Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick have planted attracts many of the birds and wildlife they photograph.

This little book features some of their favorite bird photographs. “No matter where we travel, we are glad to come home to photograph the treasures found in our own back yard.”

To view or purchase all of our other award-winning children’s books, DVDs and plush toys, click here.

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