Natural Inspiration

Willow in Fog, taken at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in the early morning with the sun just rising above the horizon.

Fred Bertram has always had a strong connection with nature and a love for art and photography. Born in Geneva, he has spent many years hiking the trails and driving the back roads of the Finger Lakes searching for subjects. He is an artist for MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora and has recently moved to Moravia.

“Nature photography is challenging, frustrating and, at times, very rewarding,” Fred said. “Returning at the end of a session with good photographs is a result of good planning, knowledge of subject and a whole lot of luck.”

The Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Dorothy McIlroy Bird Sanctuary in Summerhill (in southern Cayuga County) is Fred’s favorite new place to photograph. His favorite subject? “Storms and the incredible light that they can produce,” he said.

Here, he describes some special shots.