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Legs-Great Egret

by Jeffery Berger
23" x 30"
digital photograph

Donated by the artist

Legs-Great Egret by Jeffery Berger

Artist's Statement

Jeffrey Berger has photographed much of the nature found on the barrier island of Melbourne Beach – its 20 miles of unspoiled coastal habitat is the perfect environment for capturing some of Florida’s most protected species on film. And, with close proximity to the protected areas of Pelican Island and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, Berger has created a series of photographs about Florida’s nature which serve to educate the public.  He donated the photograph Wood Duck in honor of a friend who recently passed away.

"My good friend, Peter Schutté, and I found this dabbler during a day excursion. Last week, Peter passed away after a long illness. A dedicated conservationist, Peter loved nature and wildlife. He served on the Board of Directors of the Sea Turtle Preservation Society, volunteered time as docent for the Brevard Zoo, and created interpretative educational programs for the Sebastian Inlet State Park. This one is for Pete."

Jeffrey Berger moved to Florida three years ago after a 25-year long career in technology and marketing. He previously worked as a Producer/Director of educational and commercial films and as President/CEO of a marketing and communications firm based in New York. Inspired by the incredible nature found in his own backyard, Berger re-discovered his interest in photography and began experimenting with the new digital medium. His works have since received several photography awards and were recently featured in Nature Photographer magazine.