10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Views Beyond the Peninsula

"Wind-blown snowy egret"
By Robert Fournier

About Robert Fournier

“Robert Fournier found the model for his second place photograph, “Wind-blown snowy egret,” among a group of Florida fisherman. Fournier considers himself quite fortunate to have found the white sea bird.

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“I was really lucky with it,” he said.

Fournier was passing the afternoon, camera in hand, while traveling in Florida. The egret landed a few feet away from him and he seized the opportunity.

“He has a lot of character,” Fournier said of the bird in the photograph.

Traveling in Africa, France and Florida have presented Fournier with ways to pursue photography, a hobby he picked up about three years ago. At the same time, he joined the Peninsula Color Slide Club and the Palo Alto Photo Club.

Born in San Diego, Fournier attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, retiring three years ago. He now has more time to travel and practice his photography. It is rare these days to see him without a camera.

“I can’t go anywhere without carrying a camera and a tripod,” he said.

--Tyler Hanley