I just got back from an extended trip to learn that Larry West died on December 15. Larry was an exceptional photographer, a great naturalist, and a good friend. He was an enormously helpful to me at the very start of my career, and was indeed extremely generous with information, advice, and encouragement to a whole generation of nature photographers. In the mid-1970s he and I started offering week-long photography workshops in Michigan which, to my knowledge, were about the first field workshops anywhere in the US specializing in nature photography. After my work took me in a different direction, he continued these workshops on his own. He also authored a series of well-received “How to Photograph” books. Larry’s presence will be missed by many.