Congratulations to talented eighth-grader Sam Mao who recently had his photography on exhibit at the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) #OptOutside event held on November 29. Mao's photography on exhibit titled "The Beauty of Nature" was donated to benefit FOPOS preservation and stewardship work.
A letter to the editor by Wendy Mager, president of Friends of Princeton Open Space, featured in Planet Princeton and Town Topics read:
On behalf of Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), I would like to thank the 100-plus members of the community who attended our OptOutside event on Friday, November 29 at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. We were fortunate to have gorgeous weather; a great performance by the Andrew Yan Quintet, a jazz group comprised of PHS students; and a wonderful photography exhibit entitled, "The Beauty of Nature," with beautiful images taken by Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart student Sam Mao. Friday kicked off our annual photography contest sponsored by REI, the outdoor gear and equipment coop that started OptOutside Friday, and closes all of its stores the day after Thanksgiving.
Sam Mao and his mother, Sophia Wang, deserve special thanks for donating his photos for sale to benefit FOPOS' land preservation and stewardship work. Sam's photography skills won him second prize in the 2018 FOPOS photo contest. He was inspired by Mountain Lakes Preserve and the surrounding preserved land, 140 acres of which we have adopted and manage, and wanted to do something to support FOPOS' mission. His beautiful nature photographs and generous action accorded perfectly with the theme of OptOutside, which now includes action on behalf of the environment and our community, as well as enjoying the outdoors.
As we celebrate our 50th year, FOPOS is very fortunate to have such wonderful supporters.
photo credit: Lights and Leaves by Sam Mao