Next meeting Thursday, November 8, 2018
Loyalist College, Pioneer Building, Room P13
Before the Meeting 6:00-7:30
Stop by the Parrott Gallery at the Belleville Library to an exhibition featuring our own member, Larry Tayler’s, photography. You can drop in and enjoy the open house before coming to our meeting. Only 7 minute drive from Library to Loyalist.
Special Guest Speaker: Bill Bickle
An interest in nature was formed early for Bill. Photography as a hobby came later. Now both come together to produce beautiful images as he captures birds, animals and flowers in their natural surroundings.
It is the love of nature’s flora and fauna that stimulates Bill’s extensive research into habitat and characteristics of his subjects. Armed with this knowledge he then commands patience most would not endure, waiting for the ultimate posture, lighting and, sometimes surprising interaction that results in some of his most outstanding photographs.
Bill’s ability to anticipate action before it happens allows him to capture images that, for many, would be halfway out of the frame. The crisp clarity of his work allows those who only witness nature from a distance to realize the beauty of his specimens up close and personally. Perhaps even encouraging us to take a closer look ourselves next time we encounter nature’s gifts.
Many of Bill’s photography subjects are local inhabitants of the Quinte area. The blue herons, frequently photographed, make their home on the Moira River and at times seem to follow Bill from place to place, as if posing for the camera.
It is this combination of creativity and camaraderie with nature that provides a calm and rewarding harbour for Bill. And it is his dedication in search of engaging images that will continue to provide us all with a view of nature we may not otherwise experience.