National Geographic : 1988 Aug
On Assignment CLOSE TO HIS OWN nest-a creekside cottage in Annapolis, Maryland photographer KEVIN FLEMING, with young neighbor Jay Smith, rigs a camera to an osprey occupied navigation marker in the Severn River. Using remote control from a nearby boat, he captured the birds in closeup action for the article on his home of the past six years. One of the GEOGRAPHIC'S most peripatetic contract pho tographers, Fleming has pur sued his stories through mine fields in the Somalia desert and by dogsled across the Canadian Arctic in minus 40°F cold. A licensed flier, he sometimes shoots aerials from the pilot's seat of single-engine planes. Re tracing the odyssey of Ulysses, Fleming sailed the Mediterra nean for seven weeks in a rep lica of a Late Bronze Age galley. With the possibility of more far-flung travel, why would Fleming jump at the chance to photograph home turf? "I vol unteered so I could take a baby break," the new father says, re ferring to the birth of his son, Jay Penn Fleming, in May 1987. "In the bargain, I discovered Annapolis too." THE DOCTOR WAS IN when NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC writer CATHY NEWMAN -here with museum director Chung Yang Mo-explored Kyongju, Korea, with native-born photographer Ed Kim. While interviewing Dr. Cho Kyong Ku, a practi tioner of traditional Oriental medicine, she was offered an unexpected consultation. "Married?" he asked. "Yes," she replied. "Children?" "No." Dr. Cho filled a prescription (40 ingredients, including ox gall), claiming it would help her to conceive a son, a Korean woman's dearest wish. A year later Newman gave birth to son Jeb Arthur Fain. Regarding the medicine's role she says, "Who knows?" Newman's first writing job was as the eight-year-old corre spondent for the Newman Fam ily News. Circulation: four. Much later she joined the Miami News, working up to fea tures editor before trading daily deadlines for the GEOGRAPHIC'S monthly pace in 1978.