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Spencer Fritz, 13, Candace Fritz, and Jacob Fritz, 10, check out a photo during the Local Shutterbugs Photography Show at the Botanical Conservatory.

Bluebird picture awarded top prize at photo contest

– Mark Barron said “it was one of those real cold spells in February” when he took a picture of two bluebirds through a window of his home.

The result was winning first place in the annual Local Shutterbugs Photography Show held Saturday at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, where visitors voted for their favorite.

Barron’s photo, “Brrr! It’s Cold Out Here,” topped 10 other entries in the competition sponsored by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. This year’s theme was weather.

“We’ve got a big bird-feeder contraption, and I set my camera up waiting for them to come, and I snapped some pictures,” said Barron, 58, who is an assistant technology practitioner with Numotion, a company that designs rehabilitation equipment. “I didn’t know I got that one until later, when I was looking through pictures.”

The photo shows two bluebirds at a heated bird bath. While one bluebird is enjoying a drink, even though the edges of the bath are frozen, another bird is about to land.

Barron received a $50 gift certificate from Sunny Schick Camera Shop.

Rhonda Terryah won a second-place $30 certificate for her photo, “Red Ice Berries,” and Fred Biggs received a $20 certificate for third place for “The Storm is Coming.”

Biggs’ photo of a dark cloud forming over a lonely stretch of highway caught the eye of one voter in particular.

“I’ve always liked pictures of storms,” said Kayla Canales. “And being an artist, I tend to look at storms because they’re one of those things that I have trouble painting or capturing.

“A photograph that captures a moment in the storm is just fantastic like that,” she said. I really enjoy looking at those.”

Photographers may submit only one entry to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department competition. Last year, six photographs were displayed.