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      Nature Report: Nature Photography Convention

      Big lenses are being unpacked and set up in photo blinds throughout out the Rio Grande Valley this week, as the North American Nature Photography Association holds it's annual meeting at the McAllen Convention Center.

      Susan Day is the president of the North American Nature Photography Association or NANPA as is it called.

      Susan, President of NANPA, says, "We have about 3,000 members all over North America. We stared in 1993 and cover all aspects of nature photography."

      This is NANPA's first convention in South Texas, which runs Wednesday thru Sunday, but the attending photographers are arriving early to take advantage of the photo opportunities on participating private ranches.

      Susan says, "There is so much here, the birds, the mammals and reptiles and amphibians. There is just a little bit of everything for every kind of photographer."

      Walt Anderson has come all the way from Illinois, and he is thrilled with his first trip to the Rio Grande Valley.

      Walt Anderson says, "It's great. It's fabulous. I had good opportunities this morning. Weather is clearing off|it is getting even better. A cara cara just flew overhead. I am ready to go at em.

      Don Carter says, "I have never been here before, but it has been great today."

      Richard Day says, "Lot of different birds here that you will never see anywhere else."

      When the photographers are not out in the field they will be enjoying a series of workshops and presentations and an extensive trade show at the McAllen Convention Center that is open to the public.

      Susan says, "We have vendors for photo equipment. We have tour companies, and anything related to photography will be there."