Janet L. Poole, Roswell Chapter

In our newsletters, we feature short profiles of GNPA members from across the state. In this issue, it’s Janet L. Poole, of the Roswell Chapter.

When did you join GNPA? June 12, 2017

What is your occupation? Accounting – CPA

How did you get into photography? I travel a lot, and it was a way to document the beautiful animals and scenery.

What are your favorite photography subjects? Water, gardens, big animals (moose, bear bison, elk, pronghorn, etc.) and birds, especially hummingbirds.

What are your favorite places to shoot? National and state parks.

What would be your photographic “dream trip”?  I have already taken it. That was to Alaska, at Kenai Peninsula, Kenai Fjords and Katmai National Park. Spending time with the bears, moose and whales in their home was incredible. I would love to return and also go to Denali. Yellowstone and the Tetons are a very close second. Outside the USA, I would love to do an African safari and photograph the big five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard).

Which camera body and lenses do you use most often? Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 mm G2.  I love this combo.

Have any photographers inspired you? Ansel Adams, Thomas D. Mangelsen and David Akoubian.

Whats your favorite part of belonging to GNPA? Learning how to become a better photographer and meeting so many nice people who are willing to share tricks of the trade.

Something interesting about you that most people don’t know: I have visited all 50 states (some many times) with Hawaii (the 50th state), being the last one I visited.  I have also been to 42 out of the 63 National Parks.

Where are you from? New Carrollton, Maryland

Tell us a little about the photos you have provided:

This is the first time I got a picture of a hummingbird that was in focus and did not look like an ant. I used the Nikon D500 and Tamron 150-600 mm. I was so excited. This was taken at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado. It’s the world’s highest botanical garden at 8,200 feet, and a beautiful spot.

After a fantastic flight from Homer, AK, into Katmai National Park on a beautiful day, I was blessed to meet this cute baby brown bear with its mom. It’s famous, having been featured in a Disney movie called “Bears” that came out in 2014, the same year we visited.


This is the Nāpali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii, viewed from a helicopter. It’s one of the most gorgeous and magical spots on earth. This is my happy place!