Although Bruce has had a life long interest in photography, over the years his subject matter changed to include garden photography; his own. His wife, Patty Leander is well know in Austin circles for her expertise at vegetable gardening. Many of Bruce's photographs have appeared in articles written by Patti for Texas Gardener magazine.From the vegetable garden to the Wildflower Center, photographing wildflowers and nature, was an easy move.
Since he began volunteering at the Wildflower Center in 2008, and weather permitting (that usually means no wind) Bruce has moved quietly around the garden carrying tripods and lenses, shortly after dawn and before the sun rises.
In his photographs Bruce brings to our attention things we might never see with our own eyes. I remember him once showing me a photograph he had taken of the eggs of the harlequin bug. The amazing detail on these little barrels was amazing. The macro lens can bring to life a whole new world.
Also in this exhibition are photographs Bruce took on a recent visit to Big Bend National Park. He brings alive the beauty of this desert park.
Among familiar faces another Austin blogger and Travis County Extension Service horticulturist, Daphne Richards.
The old film in the back of the gallery has been replaced by a series of monitors, generously donated by Bruce. Here the visitor can enjoy a slide show of Bruce's work while sitting in a comfortable chair. It was hard to get David away from his enjoyment of the photographs.
Things are still blooming at the Wildflower Center. Witness the array of flowers on this display table highlighting current blooms. Bruce is never short of something to photograph.
The exhibition of photographs can be viewed in the McDermott Learning Center through August 23rd. Proceeds from the sale of the photographs go to the Wildflower Center.