Pictures to buzz about

June 11, 2010 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

As a staff member, I have the luxury of seeing all of Fernbank’s amazing exhibitions: permanent and special.  Right now, I am fixated on Winged Beauty: Butterflies and Other Insects.

Winged Beauty is a photography exhibition of 33 brilliant photos taken by Bill Harbin, a nature and wildlife photographer.  He has been recognized as Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 by Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife, and the photos hanging around the entry level walls of Fernbank explain why.

Delicate butterflies rest on sturdy flowers; buzzing dragonflies glide motionlessly through the air; beetles feed on flowers covered in dew drops.

I feel like these insects buzz around me all the time outside, especially when I walk down a nature trail or through a garden. They have a swift movement, and I often overlook their simple beauty.  Harbin’s magnificent photos have generously stopped time for us, though.  We are able to look at these butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and other insects up close.

The crisp photos capture every microscopic detail. They invite us into the bugs’ world. When I met eye-to-eye, with a delicate, tender butterfly, he suddenly became a dominant, aggressive creature, and the tiny dew drops that I often brush off of my pants legs unexpectedly became heavy weights on the flower petals.

Harbin’s photos have outstanding composition, not to mention the colors that vividly jumped off the image.  I saw marvelous blues that I have never seen before, and a yellow so magnificent that I had to close my eyes and look again to make sure it was real. 

Winged Beauty is an incredible photography exhibition. You should come see it today, it just might change the way you see insects!

-Andrea Lowery, Marketing & Communications Intern

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