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The Coqui tree frog, about the size of a quarter, is the national symbol of Puerto Rico. The photo was published in Natural History Magazine and was Fletcher’s first magazine centerfold. He sent some of his photos out on specula- tion, as he explains he spent years researching magazine and industry needs and building relationships as well as building a name. “You develop relationships with people who need your work and who can count on it to be quality,” he says. And through the years, his photos have been published in numerous American and interna- tional newspapers as well as magazines includ- ing Travel and Leisure, National Geographic, 64 ❖ SOUTH ❖ APRIL-MAY '19