Don Browne - Photographing and Reporting The Unusual

Don Browne says he doesn't know everything, but he "knows a little about a lot" and believes in raising tough questions, and answering them. As the editor of Southwest Florida Online, information and news pages, he says "News is what somebody doesn't want anyone to know or see, and everything else is just advertising." From his pre-teen days of delivering and selling subscriptions to the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen-Journal newspaper, he's always been attracted to the newspaper business and photography.

(Photo) Don Browne, shy and enigmatic, enjoys presenting unusual ways of seeing the world. Photo Gallery

He worked his way through college as a professional musician and composer, driving his parents crazy with his constant drum practicing, and also worked as an apprentice electrician, wiring hundreds of Columbus, Ohio homes and apartments. Don had his first musical composition published in 1966, (Three By Three by Donald Browne) and today somewhere in the world, musicians are still performing his music daily. Playing drums and horns in musical styles from jazz to opera, he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Music Education. He played with numerous bands and orchestras in Ohio, then moved to Florida where he taught music for 12 years.

Don was influenced in his youth by his fourth grade teacher Mrs. Carr, at Hamilton Road Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio, who encouraged him despite his shyness. In later years he met other teachers who had a great bearing on his future, including a Catholic nun in Miami, Florida, Sister Mariana Garde of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Baden, Pennsylvania. One of the wisest men he's had the privilege of studying under, George Robinson of Coconut Grove, Florida is also fondly remembered for his gentle guidance and wisdom. Mr. Robinson, who died August 19, 2012 was a Miami psychotherapist, and one of the country's foremost teachers of Taoism. Don also acknowledges his friend and colleague while he was in Miami, Jerry Jennings who taught him understanding and compassion for others.
Having been drawn to the news business and love of photography at an early age, he eventually ended up living in Southwest Florida selling photos and articles for newspapers, magazines, and internet websites. Don worked at Clewiston's WAFC-FM radio station under the radio name Mark A. Werling as a reporter, news announcer, and radio personality and then at LaBelle's WWWD-FM. Enjoying wild places, remote places, and small towns, he lives in LaBelle, Florida where he began publishing the Sunday Morning News online and the Southwest Florida Online website around 1996, and later added a news blog, Sunday Morning News blog. Recently Don has been "lifecasting" while he's at the computer at home. Don's LIVE Videoblog - Videocast
His latest photo adventure is making 3-D video and 3-D photographs and broadcasing 3-D live on request on his justin.tv webcast. See Don's 3-D Photography for some sample video and photos in full 3-Dimensional depth using red/cyan glasses or freeviewing (without glasses) with side-by-side parallel format 3-D. Also watch my 3-D photos without needing glasses at Start3D, which uses a cool special new way of 3D viewing 
 
Don's love of adventure and travel led him to obtain a private pilot's license in 1984 and later an instrument rating. He has enough piloting miles in general aviation aircraft to have traveled six times around the world. While he began taking photographs when he was only 10 years old, upon becoming a pilot he began taking aerial photographs of Florida landscapes, remote places, and local real estate. Don now shoots custom low-altitude color photos for his clients all over South Florida.

In more recent years as a certified Tai Ji Quan instructor he has taught Tai Ji Quan - Moving For Better Balance classes at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center in LaBelle, Fl. and as a certified live video teacher on Google Helpouts.

Click below for aerial photos taken over the Hendry and Glades county, Florida area:

  • Fort Denaud, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - The Historic Fort Denaud Swing Bridge west of LaBelle, Florida on the Caloosahatchee River.
  • City of LaBelle, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - LaBelle, Fl. Municipal Airport under construction to expand runway
  • Clewiston, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - Clewiston, Fl. looking south
  • City of LaBelle, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - LaBelle, Fl. Caloosahatchee River Bridge
  • Glades County, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - Fisheating Creek
  • Glades County, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - Turkey Creek Homes
  • Port LaBelle, Fl. low-altitude oblique aerial photo - Laurel Oaks subdivision in Port LaBelle, Fl.
  • Don Browne's really, really distant relations and namesakes:

    Jackson Browne, musician; Harry Browne, libertarian writer; Dr. Joy Browne, radio psychologist; Sylvia Browne, psychic; Charles Farrar Browne, 19th century American humorist a/k/a Artemus Ward; Sir Thomas Browne, 17th century English author; Saint Donald, 8th century Saint, Scotland; St. Donald's Icon, the Confessor of Ogilvie,Glenda Browne, 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in Literature


    If you purchase music instruction books, sheet music or music books, click on the link below to find and buy music from any singer, artist or composer. And if you are a drummer, here's Don's own musical composition:
          Three By Three  by Donald Browne. For Percussion Ensemble (Mixed). Level: 3. Published by Ludwig Music Publishing.
    Also available through J W Pepper Music Co.

    Live Video From Port LaBelle, Florida - To contact Don Browne join the live video chat or E-mail
    Links about Hendry and Glades county, Florida: YouTube