Columbus Audubon notes with sadness the passing of a long-time member and friend, Michael (Mike) Flynn. Over the course of many years, Mike served on the CA board and, most notably, was Program Chair.

In addition to his volunteer service, Mike was a friend to many. He was a caring, giving individual, devoting his time to helping all of us better appreciate the joys of birds and nature in general. Mike also was a first-rate photographer whose work not only graced innumerable Columbus Audubon publications and events, but also was featured in countless local exhibitions.

Although he was known for deeply caring about his volunteer work and his art, Mike always found time to smile and to share his joy in life with others. The photo here is not quite up to Mike’s artistic standards, but it captures his infectious smile so well that we know he would forgive us for the technical shortcoming — and would smile with us.

Mike’s astounding photograph of a Swallow-tailed Kite below illustrates not only his technical skill, but also is a reminder of his amazing patience, waiting for the perfect moment for a perfect shot. He was just as patient with all of us. Rest in peace, Mike.

You can read an obituary here.