Nature the Photogenic opens in the Arboretum Gallery

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008

Nature photographer Ted Thousand began photographing birds along the Wisconsin River more than 20 years ago using a 35mm SLR camera mounted to the back of a telescope. During the winter months, bald eagles would gather to feed near the damn in Prairie du Sac

Since then, he has taken pictures of birds in his back yard and has traveled to photograph events including the sandhill crane migration in Nebraska, prairie chickens booming in central Wisconsin and the winter owls visiting northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.

“I enjoy sharing these images of wildlife that we have in our state and around the country, and hope that people are encouraged to learn more about and protect our diverse and fragile environment,” says Thousand.

Thousand’s exhibit includes birds, mammals and reptiles native to Wisconsin, along with photographs of events in the night sky such as solar eclipses, a comet and the northern lights.

Located in the Arboretum Visitor Center, 1207 Seminole Highway, Madison, the Steinhauer Gallery is open during regular Visitor Center hours—9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 – 4 p.m. weekends.

The gallery has a two-fold purpose—to celebrate Wisconsin’s natural heritage and the human connection to the land through the visual arts, and to showcase the creativity and talent of artists who draw their inspiration from nature. Most items on exhibit are for sale. Those interested in purchasing are asked to contact the artist. Profits from sales support Arboretum projects.

Located between Lake Wingra and the West Beltline Highway at 1207 Seminole Highway, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum features the restored prairies, forests and wetlands of pre-settlement Wisconsin. This 1,260-acre arboretum also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection. Educational tours for groups and the general public, science and nature-based classes for all ages and abilities, and a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for groups, families and individuals are available.