Angela McCain Photography on Display at George Memorial Library

Angela McCain Photo by Larry Pullen.

Angela McCain
Photo by Larry Pullen.

George Memorial Library will host an exhibit of spectacular bird photography from January 31st through March 18th in the Bohachevsky Gallery of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. An opening reception for the fine-art bird-photography exhibition, Angela McCain Photography, is planned for Sunday, January 31st from 2 to 4 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The exhibit will feature a selection of photographs from Dr. Angela McCain, who specializes in bird photography when she is not practicing medicine. A board certified rheumatologist in Sugar Land, McCain discovered a passion for nature photography seven years ago. She found that the quiet and beauty she experienced while exploring nature with her camera was a perfect respite from her busy medical practice.

McCain found her photographic “North Star” in birds while visiting family in East Texas for Christmas. An ice storm left the landscape frozen over, but the contrast of a vibrantly colored red cardinal against the icy background caught her eye, and she could not resist the temptation to try to capture the beautiful tableau with her camera. She does not consider that early photo, Cardinal in a Frosted Bush, particularly good in retrospect, but it sparked her interest enough to continue with photography on a deeper level.

McCain’s desire to perfect her photographic skills has led her to many parts of the world to study with world-renowned bird photographers such as Brian E. Small and Alan Murphy. “Alan Murphy is considered by many to be the person who changed bird photography as we know it today,” said McCain. “His specialty was not just shooting photos of birds but making them the most stunningly beautiful, artfully done photos you have ever seen.”

McCain’s travels have taken her to Alaska, where she captured the grandeur of eagles in their natural element at close range. This past summer, she went to Kamloops, British Columbia in Canada, where she photographed loons swimming with their babies on their backs in crystal-clear, spring-fed lakes with the majesty of the mountains behind them. The previous year, she journeyed to South Africa, where she photographed birds and large mammals on the wildlife preserves of Kruger National Park.

While there are still other parts of the world she would like to explore, McCain finds that many birding opportunities can be found practically in her own backyard. “I hadn’t really started out wanting to be a bird photographer, but it was something that was always there,” said McCain. “I feel very lucky to live on the Texas coast – one of the ‘birdiest’ places in the world!”

The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.