Obituary for Michael Smith
Michael Lindsay Smith, age 75, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his home in New Windsor, Maryland after a year-long battle with cancer. Born April 18, 1941 to Nicholas and Leona (Harmon) Smith, he spent his early years working alongside his father as a master electrician and proudly served as a volunteer fireman with the Glen Echo Fire Department. Passionate from an early age about nature and photography, Michael eventually became a full-time professional wildlife photographer and spent over five decades capturing stunning images of birds and their habitats. Working close to his subjects including bluebirds, ospreys, hummingbirds and waterfowl native to Maryland, he offered revealing glimpses into their lives and behavior, capturing their natural beauty and furthering our understanding of the natural world.
He is perhaps best known for his photograph, "The Mad Bluebird", which has appeared in countless publications and catalogues worldwide and is beloved for its relatable grumpy, puffed-up expression. His work has won many awards and has also appeared in a number of publications and books including National Geographic Magazine, Country Magazine, and National Wildlife Magazine. He enjoyed exhibiting his photographs in a variety of galleries and exhibitions and especially enjoyed engaging with the public and fellow wildlife enthusiasts, sharing countless stories about his work and encounters with his feathered subjects. (To view some of his photographs, please visit www.madbluebird.com)
In addition to his beloved partner of thirty years, Marci Krishnamoorthy, Michael is survived by his sisters, Janice S. Allen and Suzanne S. Timmons, his two children, Christopher Michael Smith and Kelley Christine S. Feranec (Robert), his three grandchildren, Patrick, Iain and Connor, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing hours will be held on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a short prayer service at 3:00 p.m. at the Burrier Queen Funeral Home at 1212 West Old Liberty Road, Winfield, MD 21784. Internment will take place the following day, Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Maryland Bluebird Society (http://www.mdbluebirdsociety.org/membership.htm --donation link at the bottom).
Arrangements made by: Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA. Online condolences can be made via www.burrier-queen.com.