by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Plants and wildlife go together like peanut butter & jelly. At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, not only do we have great wildlife like groundhogs, turtles and snakes and also plenty of birds. We have birdfeeders throughout the Garden, and also a bird trail. Last year we had regular visits from a bald eagle in Children’s Garden looking for fish in Lakeside Lake. We regularly see beautiful large blue herons and hawks.
This fall, the Garden hosted our first ever Photography Day in the Garden, featuring a full day of workshops by renowned local professional photographers on various aspects of photography. Micah Chelf, one of the participants, and a student at Chesterfield Technical Center under teacher Lynda Richardson, took this photo of a Northern mocking bird and a cardinal feasting on berries. Great photo, huh? My guess is that being a bird photographer take much more focus and patience than being a plant photographer (the subject I’m used to). Kudos to those who can capture natures winged wonders with such finesse. If you are like me, and perhaps could learn a bit more about how to best photograph nature (so you can be a star on Pinterest) you might want to look into the many photography class offerings at the Garden, all taught by nationally recognized nature photographer, Lynda Richardson.
*Photographing Winter’s Wonders Short Course / February 9, 11, 16 The winter landscape is a visual feast of texture and subtle color; learn to make the most of it
*Advanced Flash Clinic / March 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 NEW Go in-depth to learn how to use this important tool for successful photographs
*Making the Most of Your Digital Camera / April 18, 21, 25, 28, May 2 Master your digital camera by going beyond the basics
And good news! Photography Day, will be back again this fall — tentatively scheduled for October 20, 2012. Stay tuned for more info.