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Posted by:  Magda Nakassis

People take a lot more photographs than they used to. My grandmother had an album full of stiff family portraits and postcards of places she visited, because she couldn’t afford her own camera with which to take candid shots and her own picture of the beach. But now everyone with a cellular phone can capture any given moment with a simple click, then upload it to the web and share their 235,714 favorite self-portraits with the universe/MySpace. Therefore, when I see the work of wildlife photographers, who have the talent, equipment, and dedication to slyly enter an animal’s habitat, and wait for that one perfect shot of a bee perched on a grizzly bear’s nose, I am floored. The exhibition of 60 wildlife photographs from the 2007 competition are the best of the best, winners from more than 17,000 entries submitted by photographers from 26 different countries around the world. You can swim through Florida’s Crystal River with manatees and watch a polar bear navigate the Arctic, right here in Washington, DC.

Photo:  Magda Nakassis
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Robert Creamer: “Transitions”
Posted by:  Jade Floyd

After pleading, yet not on my knees, my boyfriend finally took me to see the Robert Creamer “Transitions” Exhibition at Museum of Natural History. Creamer puts the silky back into rose with his digital botanical works being displayed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History until June. If only my boyfriend could drop a few grand on one of Creamers pictures rather than those damn tulips that died the next week. Creamer cheats his way to artist fame by using an Epson 1000XL scanner to scan every flower under the sun. The end products are gigantic botanical works printed with archival ink on an Epson 7600 printer. Forty of his originals are currently housed at the Museum of Natural History in his traveling exhibition. You can try to yank one of Creamer’s pieces off the wall for your girlfriend and run, but I doubt you’ll make it down the stairs and out the front doors with a 6 foot picture on your back. But you might impress her if you take her on a stroll to check out his floral explosion for a weekend date.

Photo:  Courtesy of NMNH
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