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FOLKS Nature Calendar now on sale

December 5, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

For the second year, the Friends of Lovers Key is selling a Nature Calendar, which this year features award winning color photography by area artists Dennis Goodman and John Brady.

"It was very successful the first year," Friends of Lovers Key President Richard Donnelly said, adding that the calendars sold out. "We found a really good printer in California. We are very proud of the professional work that is in it. The printer has been able to replicate and print very true professional images. The photographers are happy with the results."

He said they were able to ask for sponsorships from local businesses, which this year features 17 different companies, who are helping with printing costs.

The FOLKS have 1,500 calendars, which are on sale for $15 a piece. The calendar is on sale at Lover's Key State Park at the ranger station, concession gift shop, and at the trams stop when the FOLKS members set up a tent two, or three times a week.

The calendar features wildlife photography of Goodman and color landscape photography of Brady.

"We have two really well-known professional photography artists this year," he said. "We hope that we can expand that in years ahead to focus on another photographer or two to join the group to get a larger sampling of their work."

The calendar's photography focuses on Southwest Florida, particularly Lovers Key.

Donnelly said he believes the calendar is such a huge hit because people are attracted to the photography and quality of the images. He said people are buying the calendar to frame and mount the photographs located inside.

The cover of the calendar is an image of birds flying, which Donnelly said is very striking because it almost looks like an oil painting, rather than a photograph. The inside features an anhinga, rosette spoonbill, great egret, alligator, great blue heron, black crowned night heron, loggerhead turtle, reddish egret, as well as landscape photographs of the beach and sunsets.

"Each of these photographs includes a caption. The caption is written by ranger staff at Lovers Key," Donnelly said, adding that the wildlife can all be found at Lovers Key. "They all give you a feeling of what Southwest Florida is like and the wildlife involved and stuff that you can see at Lovers Key."

He said they are looking to promote the work of the photographer and so help raise funds to complete the Welcome and Discovery Center exhibits, which is what the proceeds of the calendar will benefit.



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