It is well known that Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., a founder of both WRI and NABC, is a well-respected bear biologist and ecologist who has enjoyed a wonderful career for over 40+ years. However, some may not know that one of his other passions is photography. So much so, that he has spent a good amount of his time not only studying the American Black Bear, but also snapping pictures of them and other wonders of nature.We thought you would enjoy seeing some of his artwork, provided here through the website of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a recreational area in the far northeastern area of the “Northwoods” in Minnesota. The following is their description of his work:
Lynn Rogers Photography
“Lynn Rogers has spent over four decades of his adult life in the forests of northern Minnesota researching the ways of animals. A world renowned scientist, Rogers has developed research methods for gaining the trust of bears and other animals. He relies on that same trust to photograph tender and intimate behaviors that few have witnessed in the wild. His pictures go beyond the posed portraits and computer creations that are common in wildlife photography today. Viewers say the sensitivity and spiritual nature of Rogers’ photographic art stop them dead in their tracks.
Rogers’ pictures have been published by National Geographic, National Wildlife, and a host of magazines and booksaround the world and were used by museums to show animals in their native environment. The Smithsonian Institute recently selected one of Rogers’ pictures for the cover of their prestigious book “ The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals” and used other of his pictures as standards to represent our mammals. “Lynn’s action photos of leaping game fish and wild animals are the best around,” said Field And Stream photo editor Victor Closi after Closi won the coveted “Magazine Cover of the Year” award with one ofRogers’ leaping fish photos. Rogers’ award-winning photos are cited by many as the world’s best collection of Minnesota wildlife and a heritage of the people of Minnesota.”
You can see some of his wonderful, award-winning photo artwork here: http://www.bwca.cc/activities/photography/rogers/lynnrogers.htm