Beginning Oct. 20 at the Lawrence Library, experience nature through captivating images taken along the Nissitissit River by local photographer Ken Hartlage.
This series of photographs celebrates the native beauty of our environment with stunning closeups of animals and wildflowers, as well as sweeping landscapes. The exhibit showcases the Nissitissit River, which flows 9 miles from Potanipo Lake in Brookline, N.H., to where it joins the Nashua River in Pepperell. The river is known far and wide by fly fisherman, but is also enjoyed by many for its extensive unspoiled habitats, pleasant riverside trails and hidden swimming holes. Hartlage, who has been photographing the river and its environs for the past seven years, shares some of his favorite images taken along the length of the river and across all four seasons.
"This exhibit is really a tribute to organizations such as the Nissitissit River Land Trust, The Nashoba Conservation Trust, Trout Unlimited, The Beaver Brook Association and the Nashua River Watershed Association, which promote and steward conservation on and around the river," said Hartlage, "It's their work along with the further support of the Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Pepperell and Brookline conservation commissions that ensures the Nissitissit retains its unique character."
An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. Hartlage will be available to discuss local conservation
Hartlage's photography recently starred on the cover of Pepperell's 2011 Annual Report and is often the centerpiece of the town website (www.town.pepperell.ma.us). Photos have also been featured by the Massachusetts Areas of Critical Environmental Concern program as well as by local nature and conservation organizations. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit The Nashoba Conservation Trust, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and promote land conservation.