March 10, 2018 | 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Intersection of Art and Science
March 10, 2018
9:00 AM- 10:00 AM
It’s a tiny world of predator and prey, of ingenious adaptations, and, from a human perspective, stories right out of horror movies. This tiny world abounds with fascinating characters, life-styles, and often surprises that can be discovered with careful observation and documented through a camera lens. Pollinators are vital to the functioning and health of the ecosystems on which we depend. Yet their populations are under stress in a world that is hostile to insects. Learn not only how you can take better macro photographs by employing techniques, tips, and home-made equipment during this presentation but how your photography can help scientists track the range and health of insect populations.
About the Instructor: Gordon Dietzman grew up on a dairy farm in southwestern Wisconsin where he found time to roam the hills and valleys and by ignoring his farm chores. Gordon Dietzman has photographed wildlife for 40 years, but several years ago found the joy of macro photography, especially that of insects. Those adventures led to degree in Interdiscipinary Studies with an emphasis in environmental interpretation and a career path in conservation. He has worked with endangered species in both North America and Southeast Asia and is currently employed as a park ranger by the US National Park Service stationed at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in the Twin Cities. He leads fishing programs, bird hikes, works at two visitor centers, maintains the park’s website, contributes to the park’s social media efforts, and, when time allows, does photography for the National Park Service. His photography trips has taken him to the North Slope of Alaska to the tip of Florida’s Keys from deserts to alpine tundra, but one of his favorite places to photograph is that tiny and fascinating world of insects in his own backyard.
Fees: $10 More information
Location: Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan Street, Ely, MN, 55731