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Kayla Lindquist, age 17, Nature Photographer

When she got her first cell phone and began sapping pics of flowers, Kayla Lindquist discovered a passion for nature photography. Since then, both her technical and artistic abilities have soared. Armed with at least two digital SLR cameras, Kayla roams the forest preserves in all seasons seeking and finding an endless supply of visually fascinating subjects. Because she shoots macro (think dragonfly wings and centers of flowers), telephoto (woodpecker high in a tree), and landscapes, Kayla’s body of work portrays a comprehensive understanding of the natural places she visits. By studying native trees, flowers, insects and wildlife through her lens, Kayla has learned a tremendous amount about our local natural communities and the species that live here.

“Many of the nearby forest preserves are very familiar to me,” Kayla explains. “Knowing a preserve well helps me to locate my subjects and understand how they behave. Yet, there are always new discoveries because the forest preserves and the creatures that inhabit them are constantly changing. Photography definitely helps me appreciate nature and the preserves. Before I started photographing nature I hardly could discern a robin from woodpecker. Being in nature also helps remove stress and clears my mind.”

View Kayla’s nature photography on Facebook.