July 09, 2004

Vivid wildlife photos now on display at museum

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Forty stunning wildlife pictures by globetrotting photographer Tom Ulrich are now on exhibit at the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Admission is free.

He regularly travels to such exotic locales as the Galapagos Islands, Glacier National Park and countless other spots around the globe to capture some of the world's showiest creatures on film. And he's a master at catching them at moments most of us could never otherwise see."Once Upon a Frame" encompasses vivid images of birds and animals in rarely seen behaviors and in their native environments. The exhibition is on display through Friday, Sept. 24, when Ulrich will greet visitors at a 4-7 p.m. closing reception.

His photographs adorn everything from Hallmark cards to the pages of National Geographic magazine.

If you should happen to fall in love with Ulrich's photos, copies will be available for sale.

Ulrich is the kind of guy who'll stop at nothing to get his shot, whether it's clamoring through caves to photograph bats or submerging himself neck deep in lakes to catch elusive birds tending their shoreline nests. He trekked to Iceland's uninhabited islands to immortalize unusual sea birds.

He is also an SIUC alumnus and former Fairfield High School biology teacher.

The University Museum is in the north wing of Faner Hall. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Saturday-Monday between 1 and 4 p.m.

Enhancing cultural outreach efforts is one of the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.