Our next “Nature Photo Night at the Library” will be on Monday, April 21 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Anyone who wants to can bring up to 20 of their favorite nature or wildlife photos on a USB device or a CD, and we will project them onto the library’s big screen for everyone else to see and discuss. All ages and levels of experience with photography are welcome to join us; if you do not take photographs yourself but want to see what others are showing, you’re also invited to come!
The diversity of our group and the different perspectives everyone has on nature makes for a very enjoyable evening. We all learn from each other, and have developed a good fellowship. Some people specialize in landscape and beach photography; some, like me, focus on birds and butterflies. Others like sunrises or macro photography or wildlife; some travel to find subjects to photograph, and others prefer to remain in their own back yards. Some have sophisticated camera equipment, and others take photos with their cell phones. There is a place here for everyone!
Here are a few more of the photos that people showed at the January meeting:
Bill Niven, one of our original members, was lucky and talented enough to get this beautiful photo of the usually-hard-to-see American Bittern. Bitterns are usually tucked well away from humans in the thick grasses and reeds near water. This one is out in the open, and you can see how its colors perfectly match the grasses, providing it with near-perfect camouflage when it is a just few feet further back off the path. American Bitterns winter in Hampton Roads but leave in April to migrate to their breeding grounds.
All the snow we got this winter forced more seed-eating birds than usual to concentrate at residential bird feeders. I know I saw more birds than normal at my feeders after the snowstorms. Debbie Economos showed us this photo of her snowy backyard with two of our most popular feeder birds, a male Cardinal and a Carolina Chickadee. Keep your feeders filled during inclement weather!
This photo by Nora Leonard needs no words; the doe’s beauty speaks for itself. Gorgeous!