National Geographic : 2006 Dec
LETTERS swept away and destroyed by an angry child. The metaphor is haunting, terrifying. ROSS ANDERSON Sutter Creek, California As a fellow photojournalist, I take my hat off to both David Burnett and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for the Katrina aftermath photographs. I found myself mesmerized by the subjects and the photos. They show a mastery that is rarely displayed in our age of digital manipulation. Thank you for sharing these images with the world. DAVID HAYES Anchorage, Alaska A Geographic Life After I read the article on Tom Abercrombie, memories rushed like white water. I remember in Corrections, Carifications LEAFCUTTERANT ARMYANT August 2006: Army Ants on the March The cover illustration, taken from the artwork on page 136, incorrectly shows a leafcutter ant, not an army ant. Super Storms The upper right graph on page 74 of the hurricane article plots all Atlantic hurricanes, not just those in Categories 4 and 5. A Geographic Life The self-portrait of Tom Abercrombie on page 113 was taken in Medina, not Mecca. Inside Geographic Writer Ernest Gaines's academic affiliation was misidentified in the August contributors page. He is emeritus writer-in-residence at the Univer sity of Louisiana at Lafayette. early 1966 sitting on the floor in my grandfather's studio, the "sacred realm" where he kept his NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS. The first article I read was about Saudi Arabia. Tom's picture of the whirlpool of pil grims in Mecca was the reason I became a photographer. I felt enthusiastically connected to Tom's life because, in a way, one of his photographs changed my life. CARLOS M. MARTINEZ-ESCALONA Guadalajara, Mexico What a man. What a career. The article moved me deeply. I'm sure everyone who knew Tom, in every country he visited, was enriched by his presence. And for those of us longtime subscribers to NGM, he'll certainly be missed, as he brought the mysterious and largely inaccessible areas of the world into our lives. JEANINE MARTIN Trinidad, California Fifty years ago I was asked to be on the lookout for a photographer from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. At the time, I was a staff photographer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and my boss asked me to help the maga zine staffer. Tom Abercrombie and I became fast friends. He certainly knew the often quoted adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but he also knew that it took words to say that. Don Belt and staff have provided all who were privileged to know this extraordinary man with an excellent look back over the contributions he left us through his work. CHILES T. A. LARSON Williamsburg, Virginia "FOR THE INCREASE AND DIFFUSION OF GEOGRAPHIC KNOWLEDGE" The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. 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