Betsy Moyer lives by the Sudbury River in Concord, Massachusetts, and the river and its wildlife have been an inspiration since she began to photograph seriously in 1994. A few photography courses at nearby DeCordova Museum and later with Budd Titlow, noted nature photography, have clinched it. She is hooked!
Moyer has traveled to many parts of the United States to gather images -- Hawaii, the Great Smokies National Park in Tennessee, Monhegan and Vinalhaven Islands, Maine, the national parks of Utah and Arizona, and more locally to Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, Massachusetts, and other state and national parks and wildlife refuges.
Moyer has used the Pentax PZ20, Canon Elan II, Canon Rebel XT and XSI digital SLR cameras, and Sony DSC F707 Digital cameras for photographing -- mostly nature images.
She is particularly interested in closeup and macro photography and uses a variety of macro and telephoto lenses. She relies on natural lighting and uses only reflectors, warming and polarizing filters to capture images of flowers and butterflies.
She has completed a book Paul Green's Plant Book: An Alphabet of Flowers and Folklore, that combines text written by her father Paul Green, noted North Carolina playwright, with photographs illustrating words in the text. The original book, written shortly before Paul Green's death in 1981, is a lexicon of southern folklore and includes about 300 entries of North Carolina wild flowers, bushes, and trees, together with herbal remedies associated with them. It has long been Moyer's dream to create a book combining these texts with photographs she would take "in the field" in North Carolina. The book, entitled Paul Green's Plant Book: An Alphabet of Flowers and Folklore, has been published by the Botanical Garden Foundation, Inc., and is available at the web site of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, www.ncbg.unc.edu.
A review of the book can be found at Thinking Green.
Moyer and Budd Titlow organized the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers group in 1995. Now numbering over 130 members, the group meets on the second Thursday of every month at Newbury Court in Concord, MA, where members share images and technical information in an encouraging non-competitive atmosphere. Please visit their web site at svnp.homestead.com.
© Betsy G. Moyer