Doug Beall, recently relocated to Camp Sherman from Salem, Oregon, has always had a camera at hand. From a 4x5 film camera in the '70s, Doug has moved on to state-of-the-art digital equipment. No longer a hobby, photography has become his passion and a way of life.
He calls himself a "visual naturalist" with a love for all species of wildlife. But his favorite subject is birds. Their behaviors are clear, predictable and deeply enduring.
Doug believes that birds can teach us a lot about the things that really matter in life, like family values, loyalty, creativity, nurture, encouragement, self-reliance, endurance and survival. They have managed to evolve in harmony with the constantly changing forces of their natural environments with dignity and grace. He encourages us to take the time really observe these amazing creatures.
Doug sometimes travels outside Oregon to places like Wisconsin, Florida and Hawaii to capture wildlife images, but he mostly focuses on the Northwest. To really study wildlife requires that you follow their migrations and regional movements. But it is amazing what you can find in Oregon alone. Especially Central Oregon.
In addition to his "Birds of Central Oregon" exhibit in this gallery, Doug is also showing his "Endangered Species" photos in the Computer Room at Sisters Public Library in November. You can also see more of his work at his website.