The newest exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery  opens Friday, December 3 and runs through January 2, 2011. Trees of Life is an exhibit of black and white photography by Roger Powell, Professor of Ecology and Animal Behavior at North Carolina State University in the department of Biology. Powell will attend a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the opening of his exhibit from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday, December 3 during the Museum’s First Friday activities.
Powell has carried his camera from the tundra of Alaska to the deserts of Israel to the outback of Australia. He finds that wherever he goes he always photographs trees. This exhibit features trees from Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming, Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota, Quetico Park in Ontario, Tiritiri Matangi Reserve in New Zealand and the Dead Sea in Israel. Powell says trees characterize landscapes by both their presence or absence.
Powell has directed field research for nearly four decades on behavior, ecology and the evolution of several species of wildlife. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in forest ecology and behavior of forest animals for more than 30 years. He is a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In addition to pursuing nature photography, Powell also builds canoes, trains dogs, and backpacks through the North American wilderness areas that also provide the inspiration for much of his photography. His photos have been published in National Geographic, Animal Kingdom and Science magazines, as well as in gardening books and biology/ecology textbooks.
The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4:45 pm; Sunday, Noon to 4:45 pm; open until 9 pm on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.733.7450, ext. 360.