Picturing The Kingsley Plantation

photo: Rick Rasmussen

In November Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve will host nature photographer Rick Rasmussen as its latest Artist in Residence. On November 7, 2015 Rick will share with the public photographs he has taken within the preserve and around the world. This event will take place in the Kingsley Plantation barn from 11am to 1pm. Call 904 251-3537 for more information.

IMG_0565About Rick Rasmussen Rick’s passion for the outdoors started in his early years, when he hunted and fished with his father. Unlike some photographers who visit game farms for opportunities, Rick prefers working with his subjects in their natural environment, portraying the animals doing what they do naturally – surviving. Whether he’s photographing in the quiet refuge on his own property in Central Nebraska or traveling to Antarctica in search of the wild and exotic, Rick’s sense of respect for the animals shines through his art.

Some of Rick’s photo credits include: Grand Prize winner in Wyoming Wildlife Magazine, Highly Honored Winner in Nature’s Best Magazine’s International Awards Competition, Best of Show at Grand Island’s Art in the Park, and Best of Show at Stuhr Museum’s Wings over the Platte Competition, to name a few. Rick has also been published in several books and advertising campaigns.

About the Artist in Residence Program Artists have had a long-standing impact on the formation, expansion and direction of our national parks. Painting the landscapes of the American West, visual artists like Thomas Moran, George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt focused attention on natural wonders in the western landscape, then unfamiliar to the eastern populace. These visual records of early artists helped to stimulate the establishment of many of our national parks.

The Timucuan Preserve’s Artist in Residence program continues this tradition. The park has hosted culinary historians, photographers and musicians, and is honored to host Rick Rassmussen as its latest artist. Would you like to be our next Artist in Residence? Send an email to Park Ranger Susie Sernaker – Susie_Sernaker@nps.gov for more information. About Kingsley Plantation Located off Heckscher Drive/A1A one-half mile north of the St. Johns River ferry landing, Kingsley Plantation is open daily, at no charge, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 904.251.3537, or go to http://www.nps.gov/timu, where you can access this full text press release.