Although his work required extensive travel, it seemed that Roger Tory Peterson needed the world as much as it needed him.
His wife, Barbara, wrote to her mother that no matter where Roger was, he always wanted to be somewhere else. He made seven safari trips to Africa during his lifetime, shooting footage for his documentary “Wild Africa”, which contains more rare and exotic birds than any film of its time. His conservation message is powerful, and it pervades the film: “A bird like the whooping crane is more divine than the most inspired work of art. Why? Because it is creation itself; unfiltered by human artifice.” – from “Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography”, by Douglas Carlson. This photo of Roger in a baobab tree is another rare sighting; the photographer as the subject.