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 photography
as an art form and medium of communication.


TexNEP April 2014 Program
“Tales from the Blind”

Presented by:
Patty Raney

Thursday April 17th @ 7:00pm.
McAllen Public Library
4001 N 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504

Back by popular request, nature photographer and photography guide Patty Raney returns to present a program to Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) at the April meeting. She presents her newest program, “Tales from the Blind,” using photos she has taken at the Martin Refuge.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which takes place at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 17th. Meetings are held at the new headquarters of the McAllen Public Library, 4001 North 23rd Street (Nolana and 23rd). There is no admission charge.

Of her more than sixteen years of photographic experience, Patty Raney has been with the Martin Refuge more than eleven, serving as a guide there for the past eight.

Patty photographs a wide variety of nature subjects on the refuge, especially the raptors ( for which the Martin Refuge is known for) are a personal favorite of hers. With 330 acres of native habitat there are endless photo opportunities. The program that she has produced for this meeting will focus on those other inhabitants of the Martin Refuge. There will be photos, brief stories, and descriptions of what takes place both in and out of the blinds. Her "Tales From The Blind" will illustrate that the unexpected can happen anywhere and at any time.

Raney has taken winning photos in all four of the Valley Land Fund contests she has entered. In addition, her work has been featured on the cover of Quail Unlimited several times as well as Dove Outdoors. She has also had photos published in Bird Watching magazine. Other publication credits include Cowboys and Indians magazine, Brownsville Economic Development Council, National Geographic’s Daily Dozen, South Texas Outdoors and some newspaper articles.


TexNEP 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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