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Pat James Nature Photography Showcase


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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542


Free with $5/Vehicle Park Entry

Join the River City Master Naturalist Chapter and fellow Master Naturalist and artist Pat James for her special photography showcase featuring plants on her ranch in Boyd County, Nebraska.

Pat will also describe her process for making these creative prints. A guided prairie hike will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. A $5 per vehicle entry fee or park membership is required to enter the park.

About Pat:

The arts provide valuable ways to see and experience our natural environment. As a landowner, artist, and Nebraska Master Naturalist, Pat James has been using photographs to document, understand, and interpret the 600 acres she lives on along the Missouri National Recreational River in Boyd County, Nebraska. After taking multiple photographs while she is out walking on her family’s property, she uses digital methods to refine and layer the photographs into what she calls “photo constructions.” Her work provides an expressive portrait of one place and one person’s experience over many seasons.

Pat’s most recent series, Wildflower Prayers, focuses on 200 different plants that she has photographed on her family’s acreage. She digitally transforms these plants into individual portraits that express their individual beauty and “personalities.” Each plant tells its own story about survival, abundance, or decline on this land, and connects us to history, culture, and the larger ecosystem. In this presentation, Pat will show her photo constructions of the land and plants and discuss what she has learned from this work over time. 

To learn more and see her work, please visit:

2022 programming is sponsored by the Pottawattamie Conservation Foundation.

The Pottawattamie Conservation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status in its employment, programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Human Resource Director 227 South 6th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Map to Pat James Nature Photography Showcase

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