LFCC Faculty Publish Photography Books

For Immediate Release:
March 12, 2007

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

MIDDLETOWN, Va. – Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Professors Ann and Rob Simpson have a gift for photography and a love of nature. Their photographic work is on display in two new photography books—“Born Wild in the Smokies,” which is available now, and “Shenandoah Simply Beautiful,” which will be released at the end of March. Both books are published by Farcountry Press.

“Born Wild in the Smokies” features 81 color images taken in the Great Smoky Mountains. The Simpsons capture young wildlife ranging from spotted fawns to red-spotted newts, from black bear cubs to furry bobcat kittens. The photographs are complemented by informative captions.

According to the Simpsons, one of the hallmarks of the area, which includes Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is its biodiversity, including its wild animals. “Photographing animals in the wild is an exciting and rewarding challenge,” the Simpsons said. “Photographing baby animals is an even greater challenge as they are often hidden from predators.”

“Shenandoah Simply Beautiful” features 142 color photographs collected from over 30 years of work. The book provides a visual tour of Shenandoah National Park, including images of the fall colors along Skyline Drive, delicate springtime ladyslippers, the 1916 Massanutten Lodge, the Rapidan Camp that served as U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s summer White House in the 1930s, a sparkling icefall at Marys Rock Tunnel, a deer silhouetted in mist at Big Meadows and other wildlife, flora and fauna.

As author and foreword writer Patressa Kearns notes, “In ‘Shenandoah Simply Beautiful,’ you will find evidence of a love affair between two photographers and a place. It is an intimacy at once touching and alarming, for how can two people, armed only with cameras and a collection of lenses, get at the very soul of a place like these two get at the soul of Shenandoah?”

Rob Simpson, associate professor of natural resources at LFCC, and Ann Simpson, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at LFCC, co-teach nature photography classes and organize nature photography and natural history tours around the world.

The Simpsons’ expertise as professional biologists gives their photography an in-depth style. As owners of Simpson’s Nature Photography, they specialize in photographing species that are difficult to find. Their images have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, National Parks, National Geographic KIDS, American Park Network Guides and Virginia Wildlife. They have published work in Audubon Field Guides, Kaufman Field Guides and Birds of Shenandoah. Their work can be seen at http://www.agpix.com/snphotos.

“Born Wild in the Smokies” and “Shenandoah Simply Beautiful” are available at local bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers or directly from Farcountry Press at (800) 821-3874.


Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.