Annual HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER and LECTURE
Tuesday, Dec 1, Dinner 6:00 p.m. Meeting & Lecture 7:00 p.m.
LECTURE: “Working Birds”, by Susan Faulkner Davis, Award-Winning Bird Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Natures Best Photography Magazine
About the speaker: I am the child of a career Army soldier and grew up moving between the wild arid lands of central Texas and the lushly manicured farms of Germany’s southernmost state of Bavaria. My grandmother, a school teacher and amateur biologist, introduced me to the plants and animals of my native northern Pennsylvania hills at a very early age. In time, the woods, fields, creeks, marshes and their inhabitants became my haven and a place to learn and explore. Each time my family moved it was easy for me to adjust as I found commonality in every new landscape I encountered. As a result I have always seen nature as my true home.
That thread of nature runs through my life. It is present in the jewelry I designed and made for many years. My leisure activities almost always include the outdoors…backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking, gardening, traveling. The day I heard a Coopers Hawk screaming outside of my home was a turning point. It was a juvenile bird that had caught a dove from our feeder. He went about eating it on the lawn while I photographed him at a close range. Even with an inexpensive camera the detail I captured was astonishing to me. That was my start, I found my passion for photographing birds.
I found nature photography after a career in 3-D design. It is my way to escape the urbanization that plagues coastal south Florida where I now make my home.
Florida is, in many ways, a paradise. Living at the northeast corner of the Everglades, I focus on the many water and wading birds and animals that live here. I am obsessed with detail as I photograph, trying to learn as much as I can about every species I encounter. I try to capture the great beauty I witness in each animal. My ultimate goal: I hope that once you see life as I do that YOU will do your utmost to act to preserve our precious natural earth and her inhabitants.
You can find me on Facebook at Susan Faulkner Davis Photography
Audubon Magazine Amateur photography award for 2013
Audubon Magazine January 2014.Purple Gallinule
Natures Best Photography Summer 2014.Purple Gallinule
The meeting is free and open to the public – bring a dish and join us at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, rooms 101 and 102, 6301 W. Summit Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the food will be served at 6:00 p.m. Our annual holiday meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. People with last names that begin A–J will bring desserts; K-R main dishes; S-Z salads and veggies. Please bring ready-to-serve food, as we have no kitchen. We will supply the drinks. We have great items donated for our traditional Chinese raffle. Come join in the fun—we look forward to seeing you!
ALSO AT THE Dec 1 MEETING: Bird of the Month: “Screech Owl”. Come learn from Clive Pinnock about this bird.