Hi all, I enjoy taking photos at the National Zoo, especially of pandas!!! Most of my photos will be "exclusive" to Pandas Unlimited so please feel free to join our group.

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    Nikographer [Jon] says:

    "I love France's photos, and all the work she (and PU) has done to help Giant Pandas via fund raising, etc..."

    30th January, 2009

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    apandalover says:

    "Frances' love of Taishan is only matched by the intensity of her photography of him.
    Frances works tirelessly for the preservation of the Giant Panda, giving everything needed to assist the National Zoo in Washington DC, in the caring for and improving the quality of life for Taishan and his parents. Giant pandas and people are both fortunate to have such a caring person!"

    9th December, 2008

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    sukie2 says:

    "Somesai has provided us with a place to share our love of all things panda. Thank you."

    31st August, 2007

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    GH4TAI says:

    "Frances is one of these rare individuals one meets once in a great while. She gives of herself without asking for anything in return. She stays true to her convictions regardless of the obstacles and she does it with a smile on her face. Tai and his family, abd his extended family, is the benefactor of her efforts as is the entire PU community who follow in her vein, cheerfully."

    12th July, 2007

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    prandva2 says:

    "Just wanted to say how nice it was to meet you yesterday and thank you for inviting me to join your group!! What fun! I will enjoy getting to "know" you all. Also, will try to upload some pictures soon."

    18th June, 2007

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    monkeygirl95 says:

    "Frances

    you are a very nice person! i know how much you love pandas! i am sure that pandas love you as much as you love them

    your friend
    lizzie"

    2nd June, 2007

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    bandit girl says:

    "Frances is REALLY nice."

    29th April, 2007

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    Furfriend says:

    "Dear Francis since the day Tai was born I have been able to see him through you lens and what a grand sight that has been. I live in KY too far to travel to see him yet I know all the details thanks to you. I appreciate your art and please let me see more."

    29th March, 2007

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    Twitchietai says:

    "I can never get enough of Francis's photos. Thank you for sharing these delightful gems!"

    28th September, 2006

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    Cracker Lilo says:

    "Simply an awesome and amazing photographer. She honed her skills using the best subjects--Tai Shan and his parents. She is broadening her range now, and her ability to get the best from her subjects and capture their true personality transfers easily.

    Her Pandas Unlimited group has grown by leaps and bounds, and it is as fun and peaceful as the subject.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Somesai."

    14th September, 2006

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    donnapandabear says:

    "Frances is one of the first people I met through Flickr and I was thrilled that such a gifted photographer shares my love of pandas and other bears.
    I spend literally hours every week viewing all her beautiful pictures of Tai and his parents and Hana and her cub - not forgetting the other animals she photographs so lovingly. It brings them so much closer to me.
    Although I cannot see Tai in person yet I don't feel I am missing out on one day of his life when I log in and see new photos from Somesai on my contacts page.
    Thank you Frances so much for all the time you take to make Flickr a special place for us all. You are a truly special person and a good friend to our beloved bears."

    15th September, 2006

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    Chet_ says:

    "In the short time since she started the PandasUnlimited group, she's grown tremendously as a photographer specialising in panda photos. She's brought a LOT of joy to a lot of people around the world. Through PandasUnlimited, she's also providing a place for people from diverse backgrounds to meet and chat and share, even tho we've never met one another. She's also set an example so that PU is one of the most caring and fun-filled groups I've ever had the privilege to be a part of. You rock, somesai!"

    28th June, 2006

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    Panda.phant says:

    "Somesai,
    Your pictures are always the highlight of my day! I went through serious withdrawl while you were on vacation recently...

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOUUUU FOR YOUR GORGEOUS PICTURES OF THESE PRECIOUS PANDAS!"

    8th June, 2006

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    ~Sage~ says:

    "Somesai does a fabulous job documenting the lives of our favorite pandas at the DC Zoo. She gets photos of moments in time in the panda's lives that we would never get to see any other way. This includes their interactions with panda staff members we'd mever get to meet either. I feel I know them all now!

    Somesai is a wonderful person, extremely giving of her time in bringing them all closer to us. She's also a great photographer!I appreciate her and thank her for that!"

    3rd June, 2006

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    nicvder1 says:

    "Somesai has really helped to bring something special together! She has a kind manner, and a sensitive touch to her lovely photos. She has been key to bringing PandasUnlimited to what it is today."

    13th May, 2006

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    ★WaiWai★ says:

    "Somesai = Professional Panda Photographer. Don't have pandas in your local zoo? No problem! Somesai's photos are the quick fix!

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos Somesai. Keep up the great work! ^___^"

    7th May, 2006

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    italytopaz says:

    "Her pictures mean so much to me. They truly capture so many different facets of Tai Shan's incredible intelligence, goodness, humor, compassion and "joie de vivre." As someone else said, she is "one" with Tai. The pictures also are important for people who are not fortunate enough to be able to personally visit the zoo."

    2nd May, 2006

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    nutmeg20008 says:

    "Frances is not only a lover and friend of animals, but also a great humanitarian. She has done so much to document each joyful moment of Butterstick's upbringing and share it with panda lover's throughout the world."

    17th April, 2006

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    squarerootofcute says:

    "Pandafix.com said it perfectly: you are one with the panda.

    We are so grateful to you for the extraordinary treasury of memorable images that you have given us, for your graphic insights into the panda psyche, and for the really great captions that enhance the images with affection, humor, and knowledge of things panda related. Mostly we thank you for your generous help, advice, assistance, encouragement, good will, and support in Pandasunlimited and elsewhere.

    Not quite as an aside, I'd like to include recognition and thanks for Frances' ability to capture the power and grace of the big cat family even as she "gets" the cuddley, cute of the panda.

    Thanks for all, Somesai."

    14th April, 2006

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