Earlier this year, we profiled the stunning underwater photography of Ellen Muller, and this series continues to feature Bonaire’s exceptional amateur nature photographers with our Eye on Elly Albers.
Elly was born in 1968 in a small town in the north of Holland, but she made her home on Bonaire over 25 years ago when she was only 21 years old. Back then, she did a variety of jobs, from managing the Animal Shelter in its early years, to becoming the director of a children’s home. It was in 2004 that she purchased and has since managed the Mangrove Info Center in Lac Bay.
Elly’s father was an amateur photographer and his favorite subjects were people. Although Elly followed in the photographic footsteps of her father, she found she was fascinated instead with animal photography. While growing up, she would use her father’s hand-me-down cameras and go to the local zoo to shoot.
“Animals and nature have always been my biggest passion in my life. I found my real home near Bonaire’s mangrove forests, as it’s the perfect place to experience nature,” Elly told The Bonaire Insider. She continued, “Plus, it’s the perfect location for photographic inspiration.”
Although Elly will shoot a variety of Bonaire’s animal and nature subjects, her true calling is in avion photography. With her home and business at Lac Bay, Elly has ample opportunities to photograph many of Bonaire’s bird species, especially the iconic flamingo. She is also becoming very well known for her images of chicks in or near their nests.
She has employed a number of different cameras and lenses over the years, but her favorite setup is still Nikon. We hope you enjoy her photography as much as we do. Click on any of the images below to open the lightbox.
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(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)