Tuesday, December 30, 2014


These four Shutterbugs have photos in the 2015 United Bank Calendar: Jim Davidson (Dec. 2014), Marcia Fisher (April 2015), Melba Brown (July 2015),  and Leah Jordan (October 2015). We are so proud of them and for them. A reception for all the photographers was held on November 20th at the United Bank in Zebulon. Stop by any of the branch offices to secure a free copy of the calendar. (Please note: Jim’s photo is on the Dec. 2014 page, not on the Dec. 2015 page, as indicated on the calendar.)

Featured Photographer Don Brown

Don Brown
I retired in 2006 from the Federal Aviation Administration after serving as an air traffic controller for 25 years. I was a founding member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and wrote a column for AvWeb (an internet-based aviation magazine) for 5 years. My retirement gift from my wife was a Nikon D80.

I started taking photographs on my first visit to the Rocky Mountains when I was 28 years old. A brief association with a stock photography company convinced me that I didn't want to be a commercial photographer. After drifting away from it for a few years, I was glad to pick up the hobby again when I retired. Learning the digital side of photography is still a challenge.

Photography -- like all my hobbies -- is an excuse to get outside. I photograph the sunrise virtually every morning. Being alone in the darkness, watching the stars fade into daylight is my favorite time of day. Besides the sunrise, my favorite subjects are mountains and rodeos. I'd love to photograph every sunset but there are other demands on my time.

I'm currently the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Pike County. I sing in the choir at St. George's Episcopal Church in Griffin. I live in Williamson with my wife and daughter. After the first of the year, I will start working on a large, long-term project -- creating the world's first photography park.

You can find me most mornings, walking and taking pictures at the neighborhood lake while I try to get comfortable with the word "artist" and taking a compliment.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Lacie Kate Jordan

Vice President Leah Jordan and her husband Henry proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Lacie Kate, on Nov. 14th at 1:31 p.m. She weighed 6 lbs., 11 ounces and was 19 inches long. With a talented photographer like Leah for a mother, Lacie Kate will not lack for beautiful photos of herself. Congratulations, Leah and Henry! Welcome, Lacie Kate, to the Shutterbugs “family.” Hope to see you soon at a meeting!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Shutterbugs at GNPA Reception

Several Shutterbugs are also members of the Georgia Nature Photographers’ Association (GNPA) and are active in the GNPA—Central chapter that meets every third Tuesday (except Dec.) at the J. Joel Edwards Library in Zebulon. Photos taken by members of that chapter are on display during November at A Novel Experience Bookstore, located on the courthouse square in Zebulon. Six Shutterbugs have photos in the exhibit: Dianne Kelly, Jim Davidson, Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Linda Best, Linda Godwin, Marcia Fisher, and Francis Hauke. Congratulations to Dianne Kelly who sold a photo!

These Shutterbugs attended the reception there on Nov. 15th: Johnnie Ann Gaskill, Jan Price, Don Brown, Linda Godwin, and Linda Best. (Jim Davidson also attended but was not present for the group photo). Photo by Karen Jenkins, member of GNPA.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Shutterbugs Donate Food

Johnnie Ann Gaskill, one of the charter members of the West Central Georgia Shutterbugs, delivered bags of non-perishable food items to House of Care in Thomaston. The food was donated by the Shutterbugs who attended the Nov. 11th meeting at the Peachtree Café in Thomaston.