Stunning nature photography and seldom-seen archival images from the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) coffee-table book, “The Nature of the Meadowlands,” will be on display in the Meadowlands Environment Center’s Flyway Gallery from Thursday, May 15, through Friday, June 27. A reception is scheduled for Sunday, June 1, from noon to 2 p.m.
The show will feature images by the three prinicipal photographers for the book — Ron Shields, Marco Van Brabant and the NJMC’s Jim Wright — as well as illustrator Thomas Yezerski and several other North Jersey photographers.
Archival images from the acclaimed book, published by Schiffer Books, will be on view as well — including one of the last days of a Secaucus pig farm. The June 1 reception will be preceded by a two-hour nature walk beginning at 10 a.m. in Dekorte Park in Lyndhurst, the home of the NJMC and the Flyway Gallery.
“The Nature of the Meadowlands,” published by Schiffer Books, was written by Wright, an NJMC staffer who also keeps the Commission’s nature blog, meadowblog.net. The gallery exhibit will include photos of Bald Eagles and Northern Harriers, beautiful aerial shots and marshscapes, and much, much more.
Here’s what the Star-Ledger had to say about “The Nature of the Meadowlands”: “In this glorious book of text and photographs, Jim Wright … tells the story of a miraculous rebirth of nature in a setting that once stood for all that was wrong about our attitudes toward the environment.”
Other nature photographers featured in the exhibit include Regina Geoghan, Dennis Cheeseman, Jeff Nicol and Sandy Sorkin. Joe McKay and Secaucus historian Dan McDonough provided archival images from the book that will be on display as well.
The Flyway Gallery is located in the Meadowlands Environment Center in DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.