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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

— “I think that Scott has a traveling bug,” she said. “I enjoy traveling but I am much more of a home body than he is. I take a lot of pictures just around here. I don’t feel I have to travel far to see beautiful things in nature.”

She will admit there are things such as volcanoes and mountain ranges that aren’t on the East Coast, which is something Scott needs to see. He said Denise doesn’t mind coming along at all, though, and that she is always a willing participant.

He got bit by the travel bug back in 1979 when he took his first trip down to the Florida Everglades. Since then, he took several long drives out West and got hooked. He eventually moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he ended up attending college. During those years, he did several hiking trips and visited national parks.

“I have gone to all 50 states and I’ve been to many of the national parks,” he said. “I like seeing different scenery and different types of habitats. I do it, I think, because they’re different. There’s such variety and such tremendous natural beauty in different areas of the United States.”

It ties in with the theme of their exhibit at Professor Java’s, which will be holding a reception on Sunday, Aug. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. Scott said the main theme people will take away is the beauty of nature and the diversity it holds. There are images of places such as Yellow Stone National Park, the Everglades and even pictures from Canada and Hawaii.

“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.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be running until September 11. Denise also assured that there will also be free coffee.

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