Friends’ Nature Photography Group Presents Reflections on a Wetland


Jack and Holly Bartholmai invite you to join them on a virtual tromp in the swamp as they present a slide program entitled “Reflections on a Wetland ” at the May meeting of the Friends of the Arboretum Nature Photography Group.

Join us on Wednesday, May 21 at 7 p.m. in the Arboretum Visitor Center. The meeting and program are open to everyone; you do not need to be a member to attend.

Using slides, music and readings, this program focuses on the beauty and diversity of life found on Horicon Marsh. Although images of birds predominate in the program, there is also a look at the mammals, amphibians, reptiles, insects and plant life found on the marsh. Many of the subjects in the photos have their image reflected in the water they are in.

Those reflected images are inverted much like our attitudes toward wetlands, which have traditionally been seen as dark, foreboding and useless places. We now know that they are as productive as a rain forest in the rich diversity of life they sustain, are stepping stones in bird migration, and are water purifying and flood controlling ecosystems of great value.

The presentation is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of our natural wetlands. The Bartholmais’ hope is that you will be motived to take positive steps to protect our wetlands and ensure that their beauty and benefits will still be accessible for future generations.

Jack Bartholmai took all of the photos for this presentation. His wife, Holly, produced the program with readings and music to accompany the images. They have been presenting slide programs with a nature theme since 1993 to audiences in the Beaver Dam area, around the state of Wisconsin and also in Minnesota, New Mexico, Illinois and Georgia.

Jack’s photos can be seen in newspapers, travel pamphlets, various magazines, the Birds, Birds, Birds DVD, the Seippel Homestead and Center for the Arts, the Schauer Art Center, Marsh Haven Nature Center and the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.

His photography has been used by various authors in their books and the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology in their publications including the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas.

Time permitting, there will also be a short presentation, “Woody Watching,” which shows the life cycle of the wood duck in Wisconsin from its arrival in spring through nesting and hatching of young.

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.