Laura C. Crossley is an amateur wildlife photographer who enjoys writing, as well, earning a degree in English by taking poetry and literature classes for enjoyment. After being encouraged by family and friends to share her tiger cub photographs, taken at the local zoo, her mother and husband persuaded her to turn her collection of photographs into a children�s storybook. Laura saw this as a wonderful opportunity to introduce the softer side of the Siberian Tiger to children, as this magnificent animal faces the threat of extinction. Laura�s hope is that children will fall in love with these cubs, just as she did, when they see the tender and playful interaction between a �Mama� tiger and her cubs. With education and opportunities to see this animal in a different light, children of today may be able to save this animal from extinction tomorrow.
Having grown up in a family where she was taught to respect and admire wildlife, Laura has always felt a special connection with the animals around her. Her father shared his interest in photography with her at a young age and encouraged her to pursue her love of animals through the camera lens. Laura�s grandfather, also an amateur photographer, shared his love of nature and respect for wildlife with her as well. She remembers going on walks in the woods Up North with him where he would show her how chickadees would land in his hand for a sunflower seed. She was amazed at the trust such a tiny, wild bird could have in her larger-than-life grandfather. Her mother also exposed her to all sorts of animals, as she worked for the school district and would bring home classroom �pets� for her to help care for over the summer break. Laura remembers having the usual hamsters, guinea pigs, and rabbits, and the unusual little chameleons that used to climb up her arm and tickle her neck.
Then, in college, Laura met her husband, Greg, and he, too, shared her love of nature. Greg spoke of memories of himself as a boy, hunting with his grandfather for white tail deer. They never actually shot any of those deer, although that would have been the �manly� thing to do. No, it was the �hunt� they enjoyed. Laura and Greg soon discovered how the two of them, by combining their skills, could enjoy the �hunt� together. Greg would help track the animals and carry the heavy equipment, and Laura would shoot them, with a camera of course! For the next eleven years, and hopefully many more to come, Laura and Greg would enjoy hiking together and tracking animals to photograph, both close to home and across the country.
While the Siberian Tiger holds a special place in Laura�s heart, she has photographed all types of wildlife. If you are interested in viewing more of her photographs, you can visit her web page at http://mywebpages.comcast.net/lauracross ley.