What a fantastic presentation by Ron Long on his 20 day “photography trip” to Ecuador, with an expert orchid guide leading him into the thick forests and mountainous terrain! First, we had the chance to “armchair travel” as he showed us small town life and local customs while adding in his own entertaining stories. Then we experienced the magic of his photography… orchids of every size and color, in splendid detail. (It was a relief to hear that one “perfect shot” might have taken 10 to 20 or more photos from every angle!) Who would have dreamed that an orchid of only 3mm could be so intricate!
In doing a little online research, it is evident that Ron Long has a passion for his photography as well as nature. Who is Ron Long? In his words: “For thirty-six years I have been employed as a full time photographer at Simon Fraser University. For fifteen of those years I photographed exclusively for the Biological Sciences Department so I have a considerable amount of biology in my background and an abiding interest in nature photography.”
Check out his “About Ron”, where he is a photography guide for Wild BC Tours. http://www.wildbc.com/instructor.htm
I also found some of his orchid photos on Flickr!
Ron has given many presentations at photography and garden clubs, UBC Botanical Gardens, VanDusen Gardens, Vancouver Orchid Society. It was such a treat to have him as a speaker at our PoCo Garden Club!