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David FitzSimmons

David FitzSimmons is an award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. He photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble. David’s publications include Animals of Ohio’s Ponds and Vernal Pools, Curious Critters, Curious Critter Volume Two, Curious Critters Marine, Curious Critters Ohio, Curious Critters Michigan, Curious Critters Florida, Curious Critters Illinois, Curious Critters Indiana, Curious Critters Missouri, Curious Critters Texas, and Salamander Dance. These books have sold over 150,000 copies and won 15 national book awards, including IBPA best first picture book (2012) and best picture book (2016).
Before becoming a freelance author, David taught for over twenty years, first as high school English teacher and then as a university professor, having instructed at Ashland University, Ohio State University, and Cornell University. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory—investigating the components of storytelling—something that influences his photography and writing.
One of nine Sigma Pro photographers in North America, David presents seminars and workshops to a wide variety of audiences, from public school, college, and university classes to photography groups and civic organizations. His works have been exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the National Center for Nature Photography, and the Telluride Photo Festival.
David regularly visits elementary schools, teaching children about nature, writing, and photography. One major focus of his work is helping connect children with nature through reading. 


Fixed positions:

These modules positions use fixed positions and are mostly built for custom modules and have fixed:

  • audio_player - used for Audio Player module // fixed position, you can css position it where you want
  • background - used for slideshows, fixed images, videos in the background etc.
  • breadcrumbs - used for Breadcrumbs module
  • date - used for Date module
  • live_comments - used for Facebook Comments & Latest Tweets Module. It's fixed and located at { right: 0; top: 100px; }
  • menu - used for the Main menu.
  • search - used for Search module // fixed position, located at { bottom: 130px; left: 0; }
  • social_icons - used for social icons module // fixed position, located at {bottom: 85px; left:0; }
  • social_sharing - used for HG Social Sharing module (like, tweet, gplus buttons) // fixed position, located at: {right: 0; bottom: 75px;}

Special positions:

These positions are also fixed, but inside them you can place anything you want.

  • mainboxes - it's located right above the footer, you can place a carousel, images, or anything you want. It's especially built for a homepage or default page. This position only appears on Homepage where the component is disabled.
  • slideshow - it's especially built to have fixed width slideshows (not in background). Mostly used for homepage.
  • footer[1,2,3,4,5,6] - These modules have user defined width, you can align them on right/left.

Normal positions:

  • maintop - up to 16 modules (each 40px wide)
  • mainbottom - up to 16 modules (each 40px wide)
  • utility - up to 16 modules (each 40px wide)
  • showcase - up to 16 modules (each 40px wide)
  • sidebar_left
  • sidebar_right

Generic Joomla positions:

  • debug - used for Joomla for displaying data when set on debug mode

Across the website (in module manager) you will see some module positions like contact_details, contact_form, newsletter_module, partners_module, qrcode. These modules are loaded inside the PopupIcon modules or loaded via {loadposition} syntax inside the articles. They just have a unique module position to be called inside an article or other module.







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David FitzSimmons is an award-winning photographer and writer. His Curious Critters children’s picture books have won numerous national book awards and have sold over 100,000 copies. In 2010, David founded Wild Iris Publishing. A Sigma Pro photographer, David presents seminars and workshops across North America to a wide variety of audiences. He holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State, with a specialty in narrative theory. A life-long educator, David frequently visits schools to talk about connecting children and nature.