For those of us who enjoy bird watching or just being outdoors in nature, one of the special joys of the experience is the opportunity to witness the natural beauty that surrounds us. Of course, it's impossible for us to be everywhere and see everything, but thankfully, we can live vicariously through the amazing photographs of professionals like Eduardo del Solar whose latest exhibit, Birds of the Americas 2013, will open May 1 at the Parker Hill Branch Library in Boston. The event is free and open to the public.
The images on display at the exhibit include photos of many exotic birds taken by del Solar during his expeditions to Peru, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, Canada and Massachusetts. This year, the exhibit has an extensive series of owl photos. For most amateur bird watchers, seeing owls, especially owls doing more than sleeping in the hollow of a tree during the day, can be very difficult. Owls are, however, right up near the top of almost every birder's wish list.
This year, says del Solar was an irruptive year for great grey owls and he had the opportunity to photograph them in Ottawa over the winter. Del Solar say the experience was "Awesome... I still see the images and believe it must have been a dream."
The Birds of the Americas 2013 exhibit allows us all to share that dream and see for ourselves the majesty and grace of the great grey owl in flight. There are truly some remarkable images on display. "Most will get to see owls in ways they have not seen before," del Solar says. Although he believes that the emotions brought out by the photos are personal to each viewer, for him, "the way an owl mantles its prey evokes care and softness," despite the predatory nature of the great bird.
In addition to the owls, of course, Birds of the Americas contains images from del Solar's other expeditions around North and South America. Some of the notables included in the collection are the blue-headed parrots, the Incan tern, Darwin's finch, the cinnamon becard, the osprey, and piping plovers.
Parker Hill Branch Library, 1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA 02120
Dates and hours:
May 1 through the end of June
Monday 10:00 - 6:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 6:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 6:00
Thursday 12:00 - 8:00
Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Saturday 9:00 - 12:00
This year, del Solar says the exhibit will not only include framed and matted prints, but a collection of images contained in albums. With the albums, says del Solar, "I can continue to introduce and share new images by adding photo albums to my exhibits." The photos and albums will not be sold at the exhibit, but may be purchased from the photographer's website.
Although his time and energies these days are occupied with nature photography, Eduardo del Solar spent 32 years teaching in the Boston Public School system before retiring in 2011. He has been involved in bird photography for about 11 years. "When I started doing bird photography," he says, "it was my ten-year-old son that taught me to identify the birds in my backyard. Each year since then, I have been able to educate myself a bit more.
If you are interested in birds, nature, photography, or are just looking for a pleasant afternoon distraction, visit the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library this spring to see del Solar's 2013 edition of Birds of the Americas.