David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer.David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. David photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David’s publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, Curious Critter Volume Two, Curious Critters Marine, Curious Critters Ohio, Curious Critters Michigan, Curious Critters Florida (April 2016), Curious Critters Illinois (April 2016), Curious Critters Indiana (April 2016), Curious Critters Missouri (April 2016), Curious Critters Texas (April 2016), and Salamander Dance (Spring 2016).

 

Read David's article - 10 Wonderful Ways to Connect Children and Nature

Before becoming a freelance author, David taught for over twenty years, first as high school English teacher and then as a university professor, having instructed at Ashland University, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.

One of seven Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival.

 Curious Critters - David FitzSimmons

Photographer David FitzSimmons turns his camera on a variety of animals common throughout North America. CURIOUS CRITTERS presents stunning images of everyday animals, including a red flat bark beetle, an Eastern spiny softshell turtle, a spotted salamander, and many other intriguing creatures. Each Curious Critter is photographed against a white backdrop, showcasing the animal's colors, textures, and shapes with precision and clarity. Along with each photo is an entertaining and educational vignette, told from the critter's perspective: a bush katydid explains her bubblegum-pink color, a poetic opossum opines upon her often-shortened name, and a far-from-modest black swallowtail butterfly lets readers in on her secret for avoiding predators. Young boys and girls will delight in these colorful critters and their tales

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 Curious Critters Two - David FitzSimmons

Unbelievably detailed, close-up images of twenty common North American animals bring young readers eye-to-eye with wildlife found in their own backyards. Photographed against white backgrounds, the incredible creatures’ colors, shapes, textures, and seeming personalities shine. Entertaining and educational narratives accompany the animals, highlighting fascinating natural history information. Learn about monarch migration, bird calls, baby rabbits, and more! Back matter includes a visual index, additional animal facts, a two-page life-size spread of silhouettes, and a full glossary. With such stunning photography, you’ll never see nature the same way again!

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 Curious Critters Marine - David FitzSimmons

With images so stunningly life-like, so fabulously detailed, you’ll believe you are swimming in the sea! 

Curious Critters: Marine features some of North America’s most incredible marine animals captured through the award-winning photography of David FitzSimmons. The amazing photographs depict 20 common and fascinating animals of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. The subjects include a sleek black sea bass, a giant Pacific octopus, an incredible roseate spoonbill, and a one-in-a-million blue lobster, plus many more amazing creatures found along the coasts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Fun and educational narratives accompanying each animal highlight fascinating natural history information, and a visual index, additional curious critter facts, silhouettes showing animal sizes, and a full glossary are also included.

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 Curious Critters Florida - David FitzSimmons

Curious Critters Florida brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found in the Sunshine State. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!

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 Curious Critters Maryland - David FitzSimmons

Curious Critters Maryland brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found throughout the state. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!

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 Curious Critters North Carolina - David FitzSimmons

Curious Critters North Carolina brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found throughout the Tar Heel State. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!

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 Curious Critters Texas - David FitzSimmons

Curious Critters Texas brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found in the Lone Star State. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!

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 Curious Critters Vurginia - David FitzSimmons

Curious Critters Virginia brings young readers face-to-face with colorful, fascinating, and fun animals that are commonly found throughout the state. Foster the love of nature in your young one through stunning photos of birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, insects, and more. Learn about what lives in your own backyard!

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 Salamander Dance - David FitzSimmons

Discover the magic of vernal pools—wetlands that fill with water in the spring and dry up in the summer—by following the annual life cycle of spotted salamanders. From shimmering eggs and wriggling larvae to metamorphosis and hibernation, these ephemeral wetlands are alive year-round, but nothing compares to their spectacular springtime Salamander Dance!

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Learn more about David at www.fitzsimmonsphotography.com