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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 “Happy Birthday!”

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 Idaho’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 Year’s Eve for the now-famous cyber photo party: She called them “nutballs.” That party had a different host every year, and on New Year’s Eve 2009, that host was Susan Littlefield.

Susan is a JPG legend. Susan’s photos of bees, spiders, flies, flora, fauna, “Little People,” “Saturday 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 Susan’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 “Happy Birthday,” Susan, and many happy returns of the day!

54 responses

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (30 May 2012):

    I'm honored to be her designated Siamese twin! Happy Birthday to a jolly, good natured, younger that her age, my one and only S-twin Susan!!! Love you. So very good to know someone like Susan. Great tribute, Dix!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (30 May 2012):

    This is an awesome tribute to Susan, Richard. We all wish her a wonderful birthday!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 May 2012):

    A wonderful collage and tribute to Susan Littlefield...She is a wonderful lady...and so humble for the talented person that she is...Happy birthday Susan and many more!...My hubby's birthday is tomorrow and he will turn 72!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (30 May 2012):

    Those are really fantastic shots cousin!! And here's wishing Miss Suzi, a wonderful birthday!!! Happy Birthday my dear friend!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (30 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday dear Susan I hope that your day is really fantastic!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 May 2012):

    OMGosh!!!! What a wonderful surprise...I can't thank you enough for posting these fabulous shots, and for all of your kind and generous words!! This meet up was my very first one, and I remember it like it was yesterday.....which is a good thing, because at my age, yesterday is about all I can remember!! LOL I have met the MOST wonderful people through this site, and have attended 3 more meet-ups after this one. What a pleasure it is to get to know everyone in person!! You, my friend, have touched my heart with this post. Thank you so very much!!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (30 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday Susan and my wishes that you enjoy many many years of picture taking in the best of health.

  • diana a

    diana a gave props (30 May 2012):

    ahhh, sir knight, what a fabulous birthday tribute to our susan!!! happy b day susan!!

  • Carol Dandrade

    Carol Dandrade gave props (30 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday, Susan. Hope I'll get to meet you in Virginia!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (30 May 2012):

    A very lovely tribute to one of my favorite friends. Hoping you have a wonderful day, Susan!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (30 May 2012):

    Richard my good friend you have written the perfect tribute for such a wonderful,robust,crazy and classy lady.
    Susan has been a most kind and sincere friend to me for a long time.

    Like the major events in our lives if were fortunate,very fortunate we're blessed to meet those few rare people we never forget weather they are near or far from us.
    Without a doubt Susan is a brilliant and talented lady.
    There are so many things she accels at but you'll never hear her say that or as they say
    "blow her own horn"

    In fact I'm willing to bet when she reads this she's going to say I'm full of .... but those of us who know her know I'm simply telling the truth.
    Great photographer,artist,storyteller and quick witted comic most often at her own expense.
    But I've always thought Susan's greatest talent is knowing how to be a friend.
    So you bet I'm one of the very fortunate I mentioned early in my comment !!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (30 May 2012):

    Wonderful collection of photos, great memories and a perfect gift for Susan! Happy Birthday!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (30 May 2012):

    Great composition, Richard!!! Beautiful!!!!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (30 May 2012):

    Super sentiment, lovely.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (30 May 2012):

    Richard, this is a fantastic collage for and about Susan!!! Happy Birthday Susan : ).

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (31 May 2012):

    I love Susan Littlefield...Happy Birthday GROOVY LADY...what a great collection of images and wonderful story..Thanks Susan..and Dick..

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (31 May 2012):

    great collage........great gal...

  • brenda burk

    brenda burk said (31 May 2012):

    Happy B-day Susan.You are a wonderful lady.I will meet you at the next JPG meetup-VA.I beleive

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (31 May 2012):

    Tychtastic tribute!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (31 May 2012):

    This is such a great tribute to our sweet Susan. She is so talented, sweet, kinds, and awesome. I am so glad to call her friend. All of these are great shots. Happy Birthday Susan!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday Susan, this is a beautiful collage of memories and recognition of a wonderful person, Richard !

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (31 May 2012):

    Susan is definitely one of a kind. Not enough adjectives around to describe her warmth and loving spirit. Happy Birthday!!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (31 May 2012):

    oh happy birthday susan - dick you are the greatest !

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (31 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday Susan!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (31 May 2012):

    Of course I continue to come back to check on Dick’s birthday tribute……I need to make sure that no one has discovered the real me!! Looks like I’m still safe!

    Seriously, I am so warmed by the outpouring of love and friendship; my JPG friends are amazing; I love each and every one of you!!

    I guess turning 50 isn’t going to be so bad after all!! Thank you once again, Dick, and to the rest of you.......step away from the calculators!!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (31 May 2012):

    Susan is truly a point of reference for us all to JPG, this is a tribute to your right and perfect recognition of his merits, and I gladly join in the festivities that you gave. Beautiful pictures that you entered.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (31 May 2012):

    Thanks, everyone, for your nice remarks. They certainly reflect well on the Idaho girl who, because I have no calculator available, is turning 50. I mean, that's what she said, isn't it? LOL

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    Great photo and tribute Richard! Susan is the best!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink said (31 May 2012):

    Susan, you were one of my first and best JPG friends and that continues to this day, and on FB too. You're such a talented photographer and a wonderful person too. Happy Birthday!!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (31 May 2012):

    Well said Richard . Great collage to a lovely lady and photographer. LETS HOPE SHE WILL "BEE" PLEASED AND HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY BUZZING HERE BUZZING THERE D D

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    Well done, Cousin Dick! Superb! Now, if I can only remember the right day when it arrives.....

  • Lynn Hathaway

    Lynn Hathaway said (31 May 2012):

    Super layout, Dick!! Happy birthday, Susan!!!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   said (31 May 2012):

    How wonderful this is - and an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you girlfriend

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    This is an awesome tribute to Susan, Richard. We all wish her a wonderful birthday!

  • Renee Cettie

    Renee Cettie gave props (31 May 2012):

    I haven't been on JPG in ages but HAD to login and say fabulous job on the photos and the narrative. We are all blessed to call Susan a friend :)

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2012):

    Hope you're having a fabulous birthday, Susan!! Richard your collage and the photos you selected for it are absolutely stunning!!! I love the variety of shots and the brilliant colors in them. As always, you've provided us with a marvelous narrative too!!! Very beautifully done.......and again, Happy Birthday, Susan!!!!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (31 May 2012):

    Hey we have something in common, Mine was June 2, 1952.

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (31 May 2012):

    I am truly honored to call Susan MY sister.... although we are not blood related, I feel that we must have be separated at birth!! ..... Dick, this is THE most fabulous tribute!!! HAPPY Birthday, Sis, LOVE you!!!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (31 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday Susan!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (31 May 2012):

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful....Happy Birthday, Susan! This is so so sweet, Richard!

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (31 May 2012):

    Happy Birthday Sue and Dick A Wonderful gift on Her Birthday....

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    Happy Birthday, Susan and wonderful gift by Dick - would love to meet you both some day!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    What a perfect photo collection and written from the heart tribute. I'm confused though, how can someone who is ageless have birthdays? We have also had the privilege of meeting the Littlefields, and Richard, you have understated in your praise. We are looking forward to a get-together this fall for a 'wild country' river shoot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go said (1 Jun 2012):

    If I read and interpret it correctly, I think Susan L.and this collage are qualified to be in the quasar theme.

    Here is Wikiepedia's description of Quasar:

    ("quasar") is a very energetic and distant active galactic nucleus. Quasars are extremely luminous and were first identified as being high redshift sources of electromagnetic energy, including radio waves and visible light, that were point-like, similar to stars, rather than extended sources similar to galaxies.

    I thought, Susan is being described here and therefore earned to be qualified in the current theme challenged.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (1 Jun 2012):

    Great idea! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Susan!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (3 Jun 2012):

    A wonderful tribute to Susan who is a very gifted lady, indeed, and an awesome collage !!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Such a beautiful and delightful tribute for our dear and most talented friend. Susan, sending you many good wishes, hugs, and love. LOL over your 50 comment. In truth you're far younger than that at heart. Sure hope to meet you and other JPG friends in the near future.

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (7 Jun 2012):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Jun 2012):

    happy birthday to susan - Sir Richard you are the great brother.......................

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (9 Jul 2012):

    Delightful birthday card.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Aug 2012):

    as a big brother you do the best.... nice work and dedication...

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (15 Aug 2012):

    I've had 3 JPG meetups (only one person at a time, mind you) and am beginning to like the idea. Maybe a road trip? I could sponge off JPG friends all over the continent!

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