Hi. I’m Walking Bob, and after a relaxing walk through the UC Davis Arboretum, I ended up at a reception at the Buehler Alumni and Visitor’s Center for Clyde Elmore’s latest photo exhibit, “Seasons”. The reception, hosted by longtime UCD Weed Scientist Clyde Elmore and his wife, Marilyn Townsend, gave people a chance to sip some wine and snack on crackers and cheese while viewing amazing photographs of animals in the wild.
Elmore retired after thirty-four years as a weed scientist, but you can go online to catch his advice on weed management in two ninety-minute lectures. For many years he took photos of landscapes and plants on his research and support journeys around the world. The chilly photo behind Elmore is actually a stitching together of eleven different vertical photos into one composite panorama of Two Top Mountain in Idaho.
Clyde prides himself on capturing the scene he witnessed with colors that are true to what he saw through the camera, including several photos of the aurora borealis that you must see to believe. He took those photos as late as 3 a.m. to capture the amazing colors and surreal images while he was in Alaska. Clyde didn’t start taking animal photos until the past 8-10 years, but the opening shot of a leaping cougar in Utah and this photo of a golden eagle in Colorado show that he caught on fast.
He is a patient photographer who learns the habits of the animals he is trying to capture in photos. I recall one photo that is not in the exhibit, but can be seen in Clyde’s photos at the Photography Club of Davis website that shows three cheetahs and their reflections in a stream. Another series of shots in this show captures four images of a fox hunting, and catching, a vole. The frigid shots in the snow also show his willingness to work in extreme conditions.
His photographs are “shot as close as possible but still from a respectful distance.” Maybe that is why he is able to capture big cats, bears, elk, and birds in natural settings and in ways that make it seem that they didn’t even see the patient man with the camera. The latest exhibit includes other-worldly landscapes, owls, a falcon, an eagle, big cats, a porcupine, and this close up of a very cold bison in Wyoming.
This free show runs from 8-5 Monday- Friday through the end of August. If you’re taking UniTrans, buses that drop off at the Silo will put you a short walk through Mrak Hall away from the Buehler Alumni & Visitor’s Center, near the Mondavi Center. There are four free 30-minute parking spots in front of the Visitor’s Center, several metered spots that cost a quarter for 10 minutes, and some daily visitor lots for $7 a day.
All photos are available for sale. Elmore is also a founding member of the Photography Club of Davis, which will have a show at the Davis Cemetery Office, also known as Gallery 1855, beginning on August 1. The show is titled “Davis: Quintessential and Infinitesimal” and can be viewed from 9 to 3 weekdays in August with a reception on August 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.