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A flower. (Archie Fripp)

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Texture, motion, color, composition – these are the things each member of Colonial Nature Photography Club looks for in a perfect photograph.

The club, which was founded in 2007 by Ken Conger, is all about capturing the beauty of nature, both within and outside the Historic Triangle.

With almost a hundred members of varied skill levels, the club has nearly doubled in the past two years according to current president Barbara Houston.

Photographers of all abilities are invited to the club’s monthly meetings at the Norge/James City County Library. Each meeting opens with a recap of recent club news, followed by a photographic slideshow and discussion. Each month has a different theme that unifies the collection of member photos on display; recent themes include flowers, water reflections and patterns.

The meetings, which typically kick off around 6:30 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m., usually conclude with a guest speaker or presenter, according to Houston. The goal of each meeting is to give members a chance to both share their work and expand their knowledge of photography.

In addition to the monthly meetings, the club also hosts a Focus Fundamentals meeting several times a year that is geared towards teaching various aspects of photography, as well as GRAPE (Group Rendezvous And Photo Expedition) outings, where members go to various places and take pictures together.

“The group is an awesome mix of all levels of photographers. The more seasoned photographers are all willing to share their knowledge and make all members feel welcome,” said Houston. “It has been amazing to see the growth of the club over the last couple years.”

Annual dues for the club are $20 per person or $30 per couple. The next meeting is July 5- click here to visit the club's website.