Now On Display in The Watershed Gallery

Our National Parks: Celebrating 100 Years

May 2017 through August 2017

Opening Reception – Thursday, May 11th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Meet exhibiting photographers Carol & Jerry Knabe

Did you know the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016?

The National Park Service is a bureau of the U.S. Department of Interior and has the responsibility to manage the parks and to leave them “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Our national parks offer something for everyone to learn and enjoy.

To celebrate this 100th anniversary, Jim Backus, Rick Koziel, and Carol & Jerry Knabe, all active members of the Beaver Creek Reserve Photo Club, created a photography exhibit of some of these sites to share with visitors at the National Eagle Center.

“Through this photography exhibit, it is all our hopes to instill in viewers interest in exploring our natural world throughout the United States of America.”

About the Photographers

Jim Backus

“I get an unbelievable rush when I look into the eyes of the animals and birds as I photograph them.”

Jim’s interest in photography has spanned more than forty years. About ten years ago he turned a passionate hobby into a professional career. His photo collection includes photos from Baja, Mexico; the Amazon River in Peru; the Rocky Mountains; the Northwest Territory and British Columbia, Canada; Wisconsin; and the Lake Superior area. Two of his favorite areas to photograph wild animals are the British Columbia rainforest and winter in Yellowstone National Park.

Jim photography has been printed in various books, calendars and other publications. His photos can be viewed on his website: www.magoophoto.com.

Carol and Jerry Knabe

Passion for photography came into focus when in 1984 we ditched our point and shoot camera for SLR Canons. It was something we liked and could do together. We attended classes to learn more about photography and are charter members of the Beaver Creek Reserve Photo Club. The favorite phrase and motto we now try to live by is “life is an adventure.” It is up to each person to take control and make their lives that adventure.

We hope to let our cameras do the talking photographing in our backyard as well as around the world. It is our hope that the many nature images people see will ignite some spark in these people to take care of our environment and all its elements. This is just one way we try to make an effort to save the various species that share our planet.

Our photography has been used in many of the National Eagle Center’s permanent displays and is available for purchase here at the NEC’s gift shop.

Rick Koziel

I simply love the outdoors. My camera gives me an excuse to be outside and experience nature’s grandeur any time of the year. I’m never quite as happy as when I’m freezing my tail off waiting for that perfect sunrise or sitting quietly in my blind listening to the mosquitoes buzz around my head as I wait for osprey to return to the nest with a fish for their young. I was fortunate to have a career as a naturalist and director of a nature center for over 35 years, which enabled me to share my enthusiasm, passion and love for nature and wild things with others. My photography has allowed me to experience some amazing natural places throughout the world but the Chippewa Valley is still home and much of my time is still spent exploring its wild haunts. I hope my images convey some of the mystery, magic and beauty I see in nature.

To see more of my images visit my website at rickkoziel.zenfolio.com.

Interested in submitting your work to The Watershed Gallery?

We are always interested in meeting new artists and viewing their work that showcases the beauty and diversity of life in the Mississippi River watershed.

If you are interested in becoming a Watershed Gallery artist, please send an email to [email protected] with your contact information, brief description of your work and include 2-3 examples. We look forward to hearing from you!