Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day with a Ranger

We recently had the privilege and honor of a spending a morning on the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway with NPS Interpretive Ranger Joan Jacobowski. Ms. Jacobowski is an expert in, among many things, plants and wildflowers, and we were given a glimpse into her incredible depth of knowledge. She could tell us about the names, natural history, and traditional uses of virtually any plant or flower we saw. Her guidance complemented the boys' photography perfectly, and she greatly enriched their connections to the subjects they were photographing. Her enthusiasm was absolutely contagious! We had a blast, and can't wait for our next excursion with Ranger Jacobowski.
-Ben Thwaits, Project Leader

Ranger Jacobowski admires one of DeVante's photos.

Ranger Jacobowski tells Mike about irises along the riverbank as Derek and DeVante photograph them.

Lee gets down and dirty for some closeup shots.

The boys explore Olson Prairie for photos as In a New Light project assistant Chris Flottum looks on with the video camera. This prairie was part of a controlled burn about a month ago, and newly emerging plant life made for some stunning images.

Mike defies the notion that Hawkweed is "just a weed" by using it as the subject for some beautiful photos.

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