Stunning images of trumpeter swans, beavers, frogs, and assorted waterfowl will be on display September 8 through January 10 in Great Lakes Aquarium’s Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit, entitled “The life of an urban Trumpeter Swan family and the creatures that share the lake,” is the work of photographer Ray Colby, who shot the collection at a tiny lake in a Twin Cities suburb.
Colby has observed and photographed one family of migrating trumpeter swans for the past eight years. While spending time on the lake in Plymouth where the swans would nest, he also noticed the vast amount of other wildlife that made this urban setting their home.
He began documenting the animals and their habitats with his camera. What unfolded, Colby said, was a story of survival and adaptation that somewhat organically developed into a photography exhibition. The gallery show, which will be featured in a variety of locations in the Twin Cities, will make it’s only stop in Duluth at the Aquarium.
Colby has traveled the world photographing exotic animals and was surprised to find such a diversity of wildlife living in and around an urban lake. A self described “nature nut,” he hopes these digital images inspire people to unplug from electronic devices and engage with the wonders of nature in their own backyards.
Please join us for an opening reception Saturday, Sept. 16, from 1-3 p.m.