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In Memory of Ronnie Gaubert

Text copyright © Jim Erhardt. All rights reserved.

After a long battle with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), long-time NPN member and forum moderator Ronnie Gaubert passed away on May 3, 2011.

Ronnie had been a member of NPN since August of 2003. When Ronnie joined, he brought with him an easy-going style and great passion for nature photography. Always helpful and always willing to share his photographic expertise with others, Ronnie inspired all of us with every photo he posted.

Below are some links that showcase Ronnie's work;

We encourage you to set some time aside to view the links above, to experience the inspiration and love of nature that lives on in Ronnie's name. We also encourage you to log-in and share your memories of Ronnie in the comments section below.

Rest in peace, our friend.

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Comment posted by Guy Tal on 05/08/11 at 09:55 am     

This is so sad. My condolences to Ronnie's family and friends.


   Guy Tal Photography
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Comment posted by David Chauvin on 05/08/11 at 7:59 pm     

Do you know Ronnie Gaubert? It seemed every time I would meet a local nature photographer the question would eventually be asked. For a while I would jokingly respond, "yes, I know that hack" just to see the response on their faces. I had been asked so many times we had joked about making tee shirts with this question and his picture on them. Since Ronnie's illness became known and his subsequent passing, the true scope of the number of people he influenced is becoming clear. Cindy (Ronnie's wife) told me the number of emails from around the world has been overwhelming and that she had no idea just how known his work has become. Many people came to know Ronnie through his online images and his willingness to share his knowledge with anyone who asked. I will always be honored to say yes, I knew Ronnie Gaubert.

Many thanks to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. The exhibit of Ronnie's work was put on display this past February at the ALS research center in Houston. With the sale of prints and other donations, the cost of framing was covered. If anyone would like to purchase one of his prints from my website, all profits will be sent to his family.

   David Chauvin
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Comment posted by Youssef Ismail on 05/09/11 at 12:11 am     

It is always a sad and sobering time when someone passes. It is also more so when it is an individual who had so much to offer humanity. His work will live on and be an inspiration to others. My deep and heartfelt condolences to the family. My aunt struggled with ASL and eventually passed because of it as well. I know what you all must have gone through. Take care.

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Comment posted by Bill Chambers on 05/09/11 at 1:42 pm     

Thanks Jim for this tribute.  Ronnie was indeed a superb nature photographer in that his love of the outdoors came through in his images so well.  We will all miss him dearly.

   Bill Chambers
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Comment posted by Jim DeWitt on 05/09/11 at 5:00 pm     

Jim, thanks for posting this. David, thanks for doing so much for Ronnie and his family. My [url=]tribute[/url] to Ronnie had a very high number of hits for a photography post. The comments on his photography were uniformly high praise. R.I.P. Ronnie.

   Jim DeWitt
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Comment posted by Jim Hackley on 05/10/11 at 2:09 pm     

Very sad to hear about this, Ronnie was one of the best nature photographers I have seen.  I was thinking about him the other day while I was photographing at Sweetwater Wetlands.  His photographs of ordinary birds would make them look exceptional with how he composed the scene and his use of light.  He will certainly be missed.  Best wishes to his family and friends. 

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Comment posted by SandyRichardsBrown on 05/10/11 at 10:50 pm     

Jim deW - hope you don't mind my giving a better link to the very nice Wickersham post.



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Comment posted by Tony Kuyper on 05/20/11 at 10:18 am     

Very sad to lose such a wonderful photographer.  His passion and pictures will continue to inspire all of us.

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