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Nature photography at the Silver Sioux Lodge

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wildlife photographer Hugh Perry's photo titled "Nashville Warbler" (above) is an example of the style of outdoor photography that he taught on Feb. 14th at the Silver Sioux Lodge in Cherokee County. Photo contributed
The Cherokee County Conservation Dept. hosted a free public program from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday Feb. 14 at the Silver Sioux Lodge, featuring outdoor photography pointers from Hugh Perry of Storm Lake.

The public learned how to make the most of their own cameras by learning from a local expert. Perry's work is well known throughout Buena Vista County, appearing frequently in local publications and galleries. With an eye for the intense beauty of northwest Iowa's outdoors, Perry captures local wildlife in crisp and clear detail.

Following an indoor presentation and an opportunity to ask questions, the group took to the trails for a nature hike, led by Cherokee County Conservation Director Ginger Walker. Tracks in mud and snow, and the signs of the lingering winter offered clues about the wildlife roaming the Little Sioux River valley.

Quiet hikers found the right opportunity to apply their new camera skills. After a visit to the Silver Sioux bird-watching blind, an excellent place to catch wildlife at close range, participants were invited to return to the Lodge for light refreshments and hot drinks by the fire.

The Silver Sioux Lodge is located at 5938 Silver Sioux Road. Maps are available online at www.cherokeecountyparks.com.

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