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The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma will feature photography from Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma Board Member Mike Fuhr in its upcoming Nature in Art Series. Beginning in May, the series has featured monthly nature-inspired exhibits by local artists at the Conservancy’s Oklahoma City office located at 408 NW 7th St. Following an opening night event on Aug. 14, 6–7:30 p.m., Fuhr’s photography will be on display through Aug. 29 and all proceeds will benefit The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma.
In addition to serving on the Conservation Coalition board, Fuhr is also the state director of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma. Below is an excerpt about Fuhr from The Nature Conservancy’s website.
“More and more of us are losing touch with nature and the many links we all have to it. I hope my photography will inspire others to get out in nature and experience its amazing splendor first hand,” said Mike Fuhr, State Director of The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma.
Mike’s interest in photography began around age 11 when he borrowed his uncle’s 35 mm film camera for a family vacation to Florida. With an existing love of nature and an abundance of subjects to shoot, particularly wading birds, he was immediately hooked on nature photography. Unfortunately, the cost of film and developing it put photography on hold.
Much later in life, he began using a digital camera for his work with The Nature Conservancy as a pragmatic way to document unique features on tracts of land that the Conservancy was considering for purchase. While documenting these features, he began to see inspiring subjects such as plants, animals and scenic vistas that he just couldn’t pass up. He was hooked on photography once again.
“My interest in nature photography has caused to me ease my pace when I’m outdoors. Only by stepping out of the daily blur of life can I notice the subtle and not so subtle splendors of nature. I don’t want to miss that unusual subject or view that might make for an inspiring photograph – something that might attract a new supporter to conservation,” Fuhr said.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Learn more at www.nature.org.