Museum to display renowned nature photographer’s work

Photographer Bill Bickle stands next to one of the stunning wild life images he’ll be talking about during Tuesday’s presentation at the museum. Photo for Adam Prudhomme.

Adam Prudhomme
Beaver Staff

Award-winning wildlife photographer Bill Bickle will be at the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives on Tuesday to officially launch a new exhibit featuring 22 of his photographs.

Entitled “Wildlife in Focus,” the photos feature canvas prints of some of his best photographs, from a baby fox snapped on his farm to a herd of musk ox in Canada’s arctic.

Bickle will be on hand at 7 p.m. as the guest speaker for this month’s Tuesday Night at the Museum, which will serve as the kick off to the exhibit, which will be housed at the museum until Jan. 19, 2019.

“I’m going to be talking about the photos a little bit, it’ll be about an hour talk about some of my photo adventures,” said Bickle.

“First up will be about my farm north of Belleville, I’m going to be talking about how you don’t have to go very far to see what’s in your own neighbourhood.”

His talk will also touch upon his recent trip to Canada’s north, in search of musk ox.

“I studied the animal before I went up there, so I knew somewhat to expect,” he said of the ox. “Their characteristics, their size, their breeding characteristics. I was quite familiar with that but seeing it first hand is quite different than reading about it.”

He enlisted the help of two guides to help his explore the Arctic Sea shoreline. With polar bear action reported in the area, the guides carried a rifle for protection.

The risk was worth the reward as Bickle was able to capture the wooly creatures in their nature habitat with a vibrant autumn foliage backdrop.

“We found a herd of about 40 musk ox,” recalled Bickle. “I really enjoyed it. It was a very good experience and the guides were excellent.”

Photos of the ox are included in the exhibit, as is a curious red fox that wandered close to their camp.

Also in the collection is a handful of grizzly bear photos, which he snapped while touring the forests of British Columbia.

Following his talk Bickle will take questions from the audience and he hopes to inspire more photographs to get out there and enjoying nature.

“If I wasn’t taking photographs I’d enjoy the fact of being there and listening and observing,” said Bickle. “For me the photography is like icing on the cake. If you get a good photo, it’s like having two layers of icing on the cake.”

Tickets to Tuesday Night at the Museum are $3 and will be available at the door. The museum is located at 97 Thomas Street E.

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