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Iowa’s Wild Beauty with Ty Smedes

Dubuque County Conservation is sponsoring "Iowa's Wild Beauty" with Ty Smedes Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1:00 pm at Swiss Valley Nature Center.

Join Ty Smedes for a slide presentation and lecture about his new book, titled Iowa's Wild Beauty. Ty Smedes, renowned Urbandale writer and nature photographer, has created one of the most beautiful and diverse collections of Iowa nature images ever to appear in a single book. This visual treasure takes the reader on a photographic journey to every corner of the state. You will discover colorful prairies, beautiful streams, and forested wilderness areas which contain rare plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and colorful butterflies. From a tiny crab spider hiding among the petals of a beautiful wildflower, to the bison mega-fauna that roam the prairie hilltops of western Iowa's Loess Hills, Iowa's wild beauty is on full display. These special images, along with descriptive text, provide an intimate look at Iowa's natural world. 

Ty's photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers, including Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian, Ducks Unlimited, and many others. He specializes in wildlife, prairie wildflower, and landscape images. As a feature writer for the Iowa DNR's Iowa Outdoors Magazine, his goal is to educate the reader by writing about and photographing many of the lesser known birds, animals, and places.

Information regarding Ty's three books can be found on his website at

This program will also serve as the opening of the "Moments in Nature" Photography opening. Winners from the Moments in Nature Photo Contest will be displayed in an upstairs exhibit.

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