Sunday, August 3, 2008

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area (Art Show)

The Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area is managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Notably one the best places to view and photograph the snow geese near Berks County. The start arriving in February and exit northbound by the end of March.

I try to average three to four visits a year, two of them are for the Art Show (August 1-3, 2008) and Wildfowl Show (Sept 20-21, 2008). If you've never been to either of these, they are different and both enormously impressive.

The talent of the nature art, predominantly realistic painters while other mediums are impressively represented, is top notch. You can buy their original art, prints, and photographic prints in a variety of formats from quality posters to fully framed. The wildfowl show is like a mini-convention for artists and wildfowl hunters together. I love the hand carved decoys which are some of the finest pieces I've ever seen.

While the Middle Creek Art Show is hosted and displayed throughout the visitor center, one of the best thing about it is that the art show coincides with hummingbird and butterfly activity in their fine flower and butterfly gardens adjacent to the visitor center.

There were literally people in lawn chairs watching the all-natural show. Photographers, shoulder-to-shoulder, captured gorgeous stills of the flowers, hummingbirds, butterflies & caterpillars, bees, and other insects.

When I exhausted the subject matter at the garden, I went below the visitor center to the acres of wildflower fields and started chasing some different species of flora and insects.

It was warm day, near 80, and lighting was perfect.

No comments:

Post a Comment