For ex-military member, life is now for the birds

Published on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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Those interested in the local bountiful bird populations will want to check out a photography exhibit in Bellingham next week.

David Riffle, a local retired military professional and travel agent, will be exhibiting his nature, wildlife and landscape photography from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 17, at Lairmont Manor in Bellingham.

A resident of Semiahmoo, Riffle served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked for nearly 20 years at the Lockheed Martin Corporation as well as other military and defense contractors.

Now retired, he said he spends much of his time traveling or walking the beaches near his home. He has captured more than 45 different species of birds within walking distance of his home. He will also feature works and stories from his travel in Europe.

“I love to capture a moment in time for others to enjoy for years.  I wait for the little sparrow to have its beak wide open in song, or an eagle soaring, or a baby seal balanced on a log,” he said. “People are wonderful subjects to photograph also demonstrating individual character in their expressions and the telling story in their eyes.”

Lairmont Manor is located at 406 Fieldston Road in Fairhaven.

For more information, visit or call 360/922-0912.