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SC photographer spends years capturing wildlife

May 17, 2010 12:11:00 AM - thestate.com
Phillip Jones crouched in a blind on a South Carolina sea island for hours, a thick coat of repellent barely holding off a cloud of mosquitoes, waiting for a wild turkey to turn just so and fan its feathers for a cover photo for South Carolina Wildlife magazine.

His shutter button-pushing finger nearly froze off chronicling National Guard work at the mouth of the Mississippi River in northern Minnesota.

Jones has juggled two tough but fascinating jobs for 37 years, yet he feels like he never works. That's why he's having trouble getting his mind around his upcoming "retirement" from both of those photography jobs.

But at least when he retires (this month from S.C. Wildlife, next year from the S.C. National Guard), the 60-year-old Lower Richland resident will have more time for his third job performing as a ventriloquist and human sound-effects machine.

"My granddaddy told me long ago, find something you love to do and you never really go to work," Jones said. "That's the way I feel. My job is never the same day-to-day. Every day, I can't wait to get up and go to work."

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