â€œHAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUSAN LITTLEFIELDâ€ [June 2]
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[Barber Park, East Boise, Idaho, October 2010]
On Saturday, June 2, Susan will celebrate a milestone birthday, and I want to be one of her many, many friends here to wish her a â€œHappy Birthday!â€
I was rendezvousing in Boise, Idaho in October 2010 with two of my army buddies. We three aging army lieutenants had a great time touring historic Boise and Idahoâ€™s natural wonders. We vowed to meet the next year (2011), and we did, and we are meeting again this August.
But now it was time for a JPG Meet-up. It was not my first. Earlier in the year, I met Betty Maxey, Linda Houghton, and Winky and Juanita Vivas in Richmond, Virginia for lunch, but we took very few shots. A few weeks later, I met Betty Maxey, Regenia Brabham, Don and Susan Garrett, and Lynn and Gary Cole in Macon, Georgia, and we braved scalding temperatures to shoot all morning and afternoon in a national park.
So, this was actually my third meet-up, and thanks to Susan Littlefield, a perfect day unfolded in one of Boise's beautiful settings.
Lesley Sinclair joined Susan and me, and I could not help but notice her lens (upper right), which made it possible for her to capture birds in flight, right down to the closest detail. She is an expert in shooting outdoor wildlife. Lynn and Bob Hathaway joined us, too. Lynn had been very active in the formative years of JPG. In fact, Lynn was the one who christened the JPG cohort that met on New Yearâ€™s Eve for the now-famous cyber photo party: She called them â€œnutballs.â€ That party had a different host every year, and on New Yearâ€™s Eve 2009, that host was Susan Littlefield.
Susan is a JPG legend. Susanâ€™s photos of bees, spiders, flies, flora, fauna, â€œLittle People,â€ â€œSaturday morning" shots, and the lovely Idaho Sun Valley (where she lives) have attracted an enthusiastic JPG audience around the world. Her photos appear weekly in the pages of the local newspapers, and they have been collected and published in five books.
But, what we love most of all is Susanâ€™s generous nature. Her honesty, fidelity, and loyalty to friends are genuine features of her sparkling personality. She has earned our admiration. And she has enriched our lives.
So, here is hoping you have a very â€œHappy Birthday,â€ Susan, and many happy returns of the day!
Also by Richard Knight
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