California Blooming: NOW OPEN

April 14, 2021  •  1 Comment

California Blooming: Wildflowers and Climate Change,” a large print version of "Beauty and Beast: California's Wildflowers and Climate Change" just opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat) on Friday April 6, 2021. Prints up to 12’ tall will take you into some of southern California’s past superblooms.


Wildflowers and climate change in the Golden State.

CA Blooming_BATB_exhiibt_SDNHMCA Blooming_BATB_exhiibt_SDNHMÒCalifornia Blooming: Wildflowers and Climate Change,Ó a large print version of "Beauty and Beast: California's Wildflowers and Climate Change" just opened at the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat) on Friday April 6, 2021. Prints up to 12Õ tall will take you into some of southern CaliforniaÕs past superblooms.

Traveling exhibit. Exhibit Envoy


Coffee table book. Part of Rob Badger and Nita Winter's fine art documentary photography project "Beauty and Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change" a sponsored project of Blue Earth Alliance.

Peter Raven, Jose Gonzalez, Wendy Tokuda, Kenna Kuhn, Kitty Connolly, Erin Schrode, Dr. Margaret Leinen, Will Rogers, Gordon Leppig, Susan Tweit, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Genevieve Arnold, Ryan Burnett, Doug Tallamy, Ileene Andersen, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Amber Pairis,

Wildflowers are the crown jewels of California’s beautiful natural landscapes. Yet climate change and other human impacts on the environment are threatening wildflowers and the life that depends on them.

In this special and timely exhibition, conservation photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger offer a spectacular view of California’s extraordinary wildflowers as both a cause for celebration and protection.

California Blooming features more than 35 stunning photographs of wildflowers from diverse habitats throughout the state of California. You’ll see sweeping landscapes carpeted with California poppies and goldfields, stunning close-ups of ghost flowers and desert lilies, and behind-the-scenes photos of the photographers’ process.

While the photographs celebrate the beauty of wildflowers, they also help tell the story of climate change impacts to the flora and fauna in our region. The visual richness connects visitors to the biodiversity of our state and the actions that must be taken to protect it.

The exhibition was curated by the Museum’s exhibits team in collaboration with the photographers, who are also authors Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change. The book, which was published in partnership with the California Native Plant Society, pairs the couple’s striking field photography with thought-provoking and inspiring essays by authors like Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jose Gonzalez, Peter Raven, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Ileene Anderson, and more. Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change is available for purchase online.

Giant Red Paintbrush_Castilleja miniata_Wildflower blossoms_Inyo National Forest_Sierra Nevada Mountains_California_MK3A6241_x1080Giant Red Paintbrush_Castilleja miniata_Wildflower blossoms_Inyo National Forest_Sierra Nevada Mountains_California_MK3A6241_x1080Giant red paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), ÒContactÓ Series, Inyo National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Inyo County, California. July Photographer Rob Badger

ÒCONTACTÓ SERIES, a handheld, spontaneous process with unpredictable results. Without harming the blossom, I take great care to very gently bring the front of the lens in contact with the flower. This results in a soft and translucent, abstract representation of the blossoms, with only selected areas in focus. I can usually create an image worth keeping in less than ten minutes. Ò Rob Badger

Part of Traveling exhibit and/or coffee table book:
Beauty and The Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change by Rob Badger and Nita Winter
© The Winter Badger Press co-published CNPS California Native Plant Society

Authors: Peter Raven, Jose Gonzalez, Wendy Tokuda, Kenna Kuhn, Kitty Connolly, Erin Schrode, Dr. Margaret Leinen, Will Rogers, Gordon Leppig, Susan Tweit, Mary Ellen Hannibal, Genevieve Arnold, Ryan Burnett, Doug Tallamy, Ileene Andersen, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Amber Pairis,

Did you know?

California’s nickname, the Golden State, is traditionally attributed to the gold rush. But some claim it has just as much to do with the California poppy, the yellow-orange bloom that carpets the state each spring and serves as our state flower.

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Meet the photographers

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nita Winter and Rob Badger have been capturing the transcendent beauty of the natural world in images for over 30 years. Their work has been featured in numerous galleries and publications including the British Museum of Natural History, American Photo, New York Times, Sunset and Washington Post, among others.

 

 


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Big Boss(non-registered)
Thought, science and technology has done a lot good job for us in the last twenty odd years but it has damaged our climate very badly. I have visited http://www.australianwritings.com/ site to write my essay about scientists and realized that scientists should desperately find some solutions to tackle with climate issues otherwise we will have to face a lot of problem in future.
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wildflowers_exhibit postcard_front_x700wildflowers_exhibit postcard_front_x700"Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change" exhibit announcement (postcard front). Jewett Gallery, San Francisco Main Public Library January 23- March 27, 2016

Presented by The Wallace Stegner Environmental Center of the San Francisco Public Library.

Sponsored by:
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Blue Earth Alliance, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Clean Energy, California Native Plant Society, California State Parks Foundation, Hahnemühle, and Think Tank Photo.

Postcard designed by Ellen Reilly

Scarlet Fritillary (Fritillaria recurva) plant with three blossoms, and Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), Upper Table Rocks, BLM and Nature Conservancy land. The Table Rocks were designated in 1984 as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) to protect special plants and animal species, unique geologic and scenic values, and education opportunities. the Table Rocks are now owned and collaboratively managed by the Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Oregon, United States

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