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PL Miller

Society6 is offering another Free Worldwide Shipping weekend through April 14, 2013. Naturally, we want to recommend our own P.L. Miller‘s work, but we’d also like to bring your attention to a couple of other photographers with an eye for the artistic.

Marcus Baker has traveled across the United States during the past several years, living in some intriguing places, and currently works out of North Carolina. He captures images ranging from subtle natural beauty to macabre still life subjects. You can check out his work here.

Steve Watson is an experienced landscape photographer living in Leeds in West Yorkshire in the UK. The bulk of his work features the wild and lonely reaches of the north and west of the British Isles as well as his home county of Yorkshire with its famous dales and moors. You can see some of his work here.

Heather Newkirk is very passionate about nature, especially the colors, and aspires to capture those with her camera. She lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula surrounded by the Porcupine Mountains, so she doesn’t have to search far for fabulous scenes to photograph. You can find her work here.

Remember, shipping is free worldwide this weekend from Society6; just be sure to use one of these links, as the offer doesn’t automatically show up on the site. Go and browse, and enjoy checking out some wonderful photography!

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Western Carolina Nature Center on Endangered List

WNC Goat

Goat at WNC
Photo by PL Miller

For the past 39 years, the Western Carolina Nature Center near Asheville, North Carolina, has helped animals and educated visitors about them. Their mission is to provide a unique experience where guests can encounter flora and fauna native to the Southern Appalachians. The Center is home to over 60 species of animals ranging from red wolves to friendly goats. They regularly welcome over 100,000 visitors each year, opening seven days a week and closing for only four holidays during the year.

But the Nature Center is now in danger of being closed. The City of Asheville, facing the possibility of budget cuts to a number of services, has proposed shutting down the Center, along with a number of other City resources. This news comes despite the fact that an overwhelming majority (85%) of Asheville residents surveyed indicated that they considered the Nature Center “very important to the community.” In fact, nearly three-quarters of the survey respondents felt that the Center should expand.

Happy WNC Pig

Happy Pig at WNC
Photo by PL Miller

The Nature Center provides a number of functions which make it a unique and valuable asset to the region. They have a great hands-on educational program which is very popular among educators and the children they teach. Kids of all ages can interact with animals in the farm exhibit, and learn about wild and endangered animals by seeing them in their habitat areas, where informational displays are abundant. They regularly host school groups and summer camps, and have a Junior Naturalist youth volunteer program for middle-schoolers.

In addition to the educational programs, the Center does a great deal to provide rehabilitation services for injured animals who would be unable to survive in the wild. They’ve participated in helping to reintroduce elk to the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as building a remarkable red wolf exhibit where they’ve successfully bred the endangered red wolves and allowed us to watch the pups grow to adults over the past few years.

While we understand working with budgetary issues as well as (probably better than) most, we cannot help but feel that closing the Nature Center would do a great disservice to the animals as well as the people of the region. We are providing some links below for you to get more details and help take action. Please do what you can to help, and share this information with others. Obi-Wan and Olive (the otters) would be most appreciative, I’m sure.

WNC Action Alert
WNC Nature Center
Friends of the WNC
WNC’s “2020 Vision” Business Plan introduced in 2011
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to the Nature Center
Follow WNC on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (there are some REALLY cool critter clips on there!)
Legislative Bills which may impact Asheville’s City budget
Asheville Town Hall Meeting – Proposed Budget Cuts
Contact Asheville City Council
Contact County & State Officials

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