(Life Aware of Itself)
Have you ever seen a Cooper’s Hawk having lunch, a Green Heron catch a frog, an Otter sitting on a log eating a fish, an immature Bald Eagle sunning itself on an old snag, a Great Blue Heron nest building, or a Marsh Wren that seldom appears from the thicket singing to you in the wetlands. These are the sights Greg sees and photographs on his walks and he will share all these wonderful things with you in his new exhibit.
Most people assume that a photographer waits for something to happen with all the patience in the world and there are nature photographers that do, but Greg wanders always looking for the tree, the insect, the mushroom, the bird, the flower that he thinks will take a great photograph.
Greg, an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer, may argue over the word, accidental, if you are out looking for photo options is it an accident that you find good photo opportunities? He would probably say it was the gift to find surprises that can turn into amazing pictures.
The best example this year of an amazing surprise was being on the pedestrian & bike bridge over the Willamette River at Valley River and seeing the diving waterfowl, Common Mergansers, swimming towards the bridge. Female and immature Common Mergansers have a burnt orange head with feathers flaring out behind and a long thin orange beak. An interesting bird to look at but these diving birds arch their back and are gone under the water. This time though Greg was in the right place on a sunny day with clear water so that he could see and photograph down through the water as the Mergansers swam acrobatically under the water to catch fish.
Ben Birkey, Danger Adams, Sandy Brown Jensen, Adrienne Turner, Jon Sims, Lisa Ertmer, Brian Maneely, Chris Moody, Bee Beins, Karen Landey, Elija McFarlane, Brenna Hansen, Koa A Tom, Bailey Hoover, Kiliisa Alama Conlon, Seth Warhol-Streeter, and Jen Blue
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