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 June 2015 Program
“Celebrate National Nature
Photography Day””

Presented by:
Ruth Hoyt

Thursday June 18th @ 7:00pm.
McAllen Public Library
4001 N 23rd Street
McAllen, TX 78504

Photos by Ruth Hoyt and John Pickles

June 15 marks the tenth anniversary of National Nature Photography Day, a day set aside for people to enjoy nature photography and learn how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife and landscapes locally and worldwide.

TexNEP members and guests are invited to hear Ruth Hoyt, TexNEP’s founder and past president, give her presentation, “Special Moments in Nature,” at Thursday evening’s meeting.

Hoyt, who has been teaching photography for 25 years, said “I love to share my knowledge and photos with people young and old.” Her talk includes photos taken on National Nature Photography Day, as well as a variety of photographs she has made, many never shared or published.

“The Valley is an excellent place for photography,” she said, “because you don’t have to go far to find amazing subjects!” Many of her favorite photos are from her back yard and the nearby Laguna Seca Ranch (

Hoyt’s work includes freelance nature photography, writing, instructing, tour leading, consulting with ranch owners and more.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. Meetings are held at the new headquarters of the McAllen Public Library, 4001 North 23rd Street (Nolana and 23rd).

There is no admission charge to attend meetings and participants are encouraged to bring up to three photos to show and share at the meeting. Images that can be shown on a digital projector are preferred, but prints are also welcome.

TexNEP’s June field trip is open to members and takes place at the Martin Refuge Saturday, June 20. Details will be announced at the meeting; reservations are required.

For more information about TexNEP meetings, visit the organization's website (; Facebook “Texas Nature and Environmental Photographers” or contact Greg Storms, TexNEP's Program Chairman, by email at


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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