Through the Eye of a Naturalist
RECEPTION: Saturday, August 16 from 2-4 PM Open to the Public

For years, artists have been trying to capture the beauty of nature to share with the world. The Historic Rivers Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists has captured the humor, the beauty, and the mystery of nature through the lens of a camera. To Naturalists, there is never a thing that is ugly thing in nature and these photographs offer proof…they grant the viewer a glimpse into a Naturalist's unique perspective.
From Monday, July 20th until Monday, September 7th, their exhibit, "Through the Eye of a Naturalist" will be on display at the gallery inside the Williamsburg Regional Library. This exhibit will highlight flora and fauna found in Virginia. "Each piece has a different view of nature," said Linda Miller, local artist and coordinator of the event. "Some are up close and others a bit farther away, allowing us to take a step back and visit with nature."
For the last five years, the Historic Rivers Chapter has had professional judges select winning photos submitted by its members. The exhibit shares with the public these winning photos. First place flora went to Patty Maloney who submitted a photo of Black-eyed Susans. First place fauna went to Judy Jones for her photo of a very young Prothonotary warbler. And Hart Haynes' photo of dew on foliage was first place in the 'other' category.
President Shirley Devan said that "the contest is a good match for the chapter. We have some great photographers in our group so it was natural to do a photo contest. There are some really spectacular photos displayed."
The Historic Rivers Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists was organized in 2007 and is one of 30 chapters across the state. There are more than 100 members in the group whose purpose is to volunteer in the community as educators, citizen scientists, and stewards of Virginia's natural resources.

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