It has been another productive week on the book. I should have the initial cover ideas by the end of today. And over the weekend the first round of editing should be finished. So, I should be able to start in on my second round of editing then. I am very excited to see all the hard work going into the book and anxious to see the final outcome.

This week I have been working on revamping my web site. With a project like this, I have thousands more pictures than I can use. For this book alone, I took over 40,000 photographs. And of those only about 3,800 made the first cut. And for the book, I selected just about 300. So for all the rest that made the first cut, I am organizing them into galleries and putting the up on my web site. It is a slow process and on a good day I can get three done, but soon they will all be there.

Next week, I am focusing on the business side of publishing a book. I have a lot of details to figure out and finish, like setting up my publishing company as an LLC and getting the tax stuff figured out. Even though I know it will be boring, it is all the stuff I must get done to be a real company.

This little fellow was having entirely too much fun the day I photographed it. The baby Sumatran Orangutan was climbing all over the place and the parents seemed nervous as he swung from the ropes high off the ground. The family lives at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Well progress is being being made this week. The copy editor has the book except for a couple of paragraphs. The graphic designer is hard at work on the cover. And plan to spend some time this weekend getting things prepped for book number two, Zoos of the Great Lakes, which will cover Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. The travel season is only a couple months away.

I am really excited about the current book, Zoos of the Midwest. I have been told by several people that it is a unique take on subject and there is really nothing else out there like it. So I getting very excited about it coming out. I am looking forward to everyone getting to experience my passion and hard work. And look forward to people joining me on the rest of my adventures.

The white rhinoceros is the second largest land mammal. I took this picture of one at Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota. There are a pair of them at this zoo and they were lounging around on a warm summer day.

Another picture today, this time a De Brazza's monkey from Bramble Park Zoo in Watertown, South Dakota. He looks like he is trying to figure out what trouble he can get into next.