I am a digital photographer who focuses on capturing the beauty and essence of Florida birds. I particularly enjoy the detail revealed by strong lenses that allow close observation of them. Each bird has its own character and displays it in daily life processes.
I grew up in a rural environment that nurtured an interest in nature and wildlife. That background led me to pursue a career in teaching high school biology, with strong emphasis on the importance of stewardship of our wildlife. Upon retirement, I took photography classes at a local community college and developed a renewed interest in expanding my photographic expertise.
I am inspired by the softness of light in the morning as it rests on the birds along the shore, in rookeries, or recuperating in rehabilitation facilities. The afternoon sun can provide a dramatic background that frames the birds. I take photographs while on winter vacation and am energized the many observable behaviors of the birds. They are frequently seeking food, finding mates, securing their partnerships, making nests, and raising their young. All these behaviors provide wonderful photographic opportunities.
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