In 2003, Richard Loper retired from what is now Seminole State College and began pursuing a lifelong interest in photography. He took formal courses in digital photography, participated in organized field trips, and spent hours watching YouTube videos, all of which helped him develop his craft.

As an amateur photographer, Loper traveled to various locations without any actual plan in mind — and let his eyes guide his photography to capture those scenes he found interesting and attractive at the time. Like most photographers, when he eventually downloads his images, he often finds he has captured that just-perfect photo.

Having spent most of his life in the flatlands of Florida, Loper always had an interest in the mountains, and after retiring, he traveled to western North Carolina, the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Since COVID, Loper has returned to the flatlands and makes frequent trips to the nearby Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

To Loper, photography is an ongoing adventure that he thoroughly enjoys, and he hopes you will find the images he has displayed pleasing to your eyes.

Loper’s exhibition is on display April 1-30 at the Enterprise Museum, 360 Main St. in Enterprise.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Admission is free; donations are gladly accepted. Call 386-259-5900.

By Cindy Sullivan

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