The mission of TexNEP is to provide a forum for individuals interested
in the field of nature photography and the environment,
provide education, gather and disseminate information, and promote nature
as an art form and medium of communication.
TO ALL MEMBERS
Hilltop Gardens, a tropical garden and aloe vera farm located
near Lyford, TX, is providing in-door wall space for members
to exhibit photos...gallery style. Each current member is invited
to submit up to five (5) photos for consideration. Please note
Contribute botanical photos only (examples: plants, trees, flowers,
cactus, aloe vera...)
Send in JPG file format, lower resolution of 1000 - 2000 pixels,
on long edge.
Photos may be horizontal or vertical.
Send your photos to Pamela Gregory's email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to receive photos is Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Hoyt offers these 4 tips to consider:
1. Sharp focus
2. Proper exposure (not too dark or not too light)
3. Strong composition
4. Good story/content
If you have any questions, please direct them to Greg Storms @
February 2014 Program
Mary Jo Bogatto
Thursday February 20th @ 7:00pm.
McAllen Public Library
4001 N 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504
Nature & Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) welcomes
owner and operator of Cactus Creek Ranch , located in Cameron
County, Mary Jo Bogatto who will present,“Critters”.
The program will include animal behavior as witnessed and
experienced by a woman on a wildlife ranch......true life
stories. Listen as she shares her wild life, her love of
nature and how she lives to protect, educate, preserve and
protect habitat and inhabitants for the future.
Mary Jo has received TPWD Lone Star Land Award and the TCEQ
Environmental Award of Excellence for her work in education
and conservation. Through a 45 minute program, Mary Jo will
demonstrate her research on the ranch in conjunction with
TPWD for the benefit of the Horned Lizard and Texas Tortoise.
CCR and Mark Conway educate and demonstrate the importance
of conserving habitat with bird banding.
“Footsteps in Nature,” a part of a program CITC
(Conservation in the Curriculum) started by Cactus Creek
Ranch. Footsteps in Nature was named by Mary Jo’s
mother, Mary Donahue, a licensed marriage and family counselor.
The program stresses the importance of getting schools visiting
the outdoors to participate in nature first hand. CCR’s
educational programs involve planting native plants, constructing
housing for horned lizards and tortoises and learning about
nature. Schools visiting the ranch first learn and then
take that knowledge back to the schools. Footsteps in Nature’s
goal: nurturing children, one child at a time.
Mary Jo has taken photos on her ranch and documented her
progress furthering habitat for her critters since 1995.
Her photos are featured in Valley Land Fund, TWA magazine,
TPWD on PBS, and many more. Mary Jo uses photography and
writing to further education and document the progress on
the ranch. Listen as she shares stories of interacting with
wildlife on her wildlife ranch!!!
members range from the professional to the newbie who
are interested in nature photography. We welcome film
and digital shooters. Programs each month feature a guest
speaker and a chance for members to share and discuss
their images with others. Also each month a selected member
will display images from one of their favorite places.
Field trips are planned on the weekends after the Thursday
meetings to one of the many Rio Grande Valley photo hotspots.
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