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Focusing on nature

Denise and Scott Stoner are sharing their photos of nature in exhibit at Professor Java’s

A photo of a view of Lake Michigan through forested dunes taken by Denise Stoner titled “Through the Trees.” This will be part of the exhibit running from July 31 until Sept. 11.

A photo of a view of Lake Michigan through forested dunes taken by Denise Stoner titled “Through the Trees.” This will be part of the exhibit running from July 31 until Sept. 11. submitted photo

— Denise and Scott Stoner share the same love for nature and preserving those images in photographic form, but both have a different preference of where they like to travel to do it.

Currently they are putting on an exhibit at Professor Java’s on Wolf Road that displays pictures the both of them have taken in spots all over the country. It features photos of birds, scenic views, turtles and even some flowers. Denise Stoner assured that these pictures are not artificial set ups and that they are the real thing.

“They are pictures of animals and plants just as they are,” she said. “It’s just pure photography from the natural world.”

She said both she and Scott have a desire to record their experiences in nature whether it is through written word or pictures. She said it makes for a very interesting experience for the both of them.

“We want to try and help people notice these things,” she said of the magnificence of nature. “It’s simple, it’s free and it is right outside your door. Take advantage of that.”

Sure, you may have seen hundreds of pictures of turtles before, but for Denise and Scott Stoner, it is important to preserve the moment in which they saw the turtle. It could have been the way its head was turned that makes it different from other photos or maybe it was the way the light hit it. Either way, it’s important to preserve those sights from their perspective and share it with others.

“I want to share it with others because it is a wonderful feeling,” Denise said. “We like to try and spread that and not let the world go by.”

They have traveled together to almost every state in the nation, but Denise doesn’t find it as necessary as Scott does to travel to other parts of the country to see such beautiful images of nature.

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