Hi. My name is Colleen M. Dougher and I live in South Florida. I'm a nature photographer -- which feels strange to say after decades of thinking of myself solely as a writer.
After 26 years at a newspaper, mostly reporting stories about creative ventures and the people behind them (painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, authors, performance artists etc.), I thought that's what I would always do ... I loved it.
But the newspaper business has changed a great deal over the years and eventually, as much as I love art and writing, I was ready for something different. So in late 2011, I went freelance and began spending more time outdoors, seeing all the things I'd been missing while hunched over a computer writing stories until the wee hours each night.
Outside, I rediscovered a world that feels intensely alive and meaningful ... butterflies emerging from their chrysalides and taking flight, muscovy ducks swimming with their chicks, grackles feeding their boisterous offspring, vultures honing in on the most recent decaying carcass …
It's a world of beauty, drama, devastation and cycles. It's also a world without words, one that doesn't always need a language. After decades of writing, I welcomed that.
It's not that I'm through with stories. I've just been refilling the reservoir from which they come. These are some of the photos I've been taking along the way and over time, I will be telling some of their stories, as well as some of my own. It's what I do.
Thanks for dropping by.