Miss Delaware Kayla Martell’s mission. Plus, meet the face behind Facemate, get a read on Dionne Warwick’s co-writer, and picture Kevin Fleming’s wild kingdom.
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Photographer Kevin Fleming’s first book of wildlife photography, “Wild Delaware,” was hugely popular. For “Wild Delmarva,” Fleming has expanded his focus. The result? Simply wild.
Photographer Kevin Fleming’s new coffee table book picks up where his “Wild Delaware” left off. But for this beauty, Fleming expanded his range, turning his lens on the wildlife of all Delmarva.
“I like the photography in this book. I’m a better wildlife photographer than I was when I shot ‘Wild Delaware,’” Fleming says. “With ‘Wild Delmarva,’ I had a wider canvas. It’s Delaware, plus a lot more stuff.”
A Smyrna native, Fleming has published numerous books about the First State and traveled the world as a photographer for National Geographic. He spent two years shooting “Wild Delmarva,” visiting wildlife hotbeds such as Smith Island and Conowingo, Maryland.
Some of Fleming’s favorite shots are a great blue heron flying with a clapper rail in its bill, egrets silhouetted against a reddish-orange sunset and a pair of wide-eyed fox kits peering from a hollow tree.
“I caught some amazing lifetime shots, life-and-death struggles,” he says. “I saw 40 bald eagles at one time. Wild Delmarva has a lot of moments in it.”
Fleming hopes the book will be more popular than its predecessor, which he says outsold a “Harry Potter” novel in Delaware two-to-one during one 30-day stretch. Next?
“I need to catch my breath,” Fleming says. “I might start on ‘Wild America.’ I’ll give myself two years on that project. I may do a book, ‘Above Delmarva’—all aerials. I’ve been a pilot for 30 years. I might get an ultralight and look at Delmarva.”
For more on “Wild Delmarva,” visit wilddelmarva.com. —Drew Ostroski