Gone to the birds

Elizabeth Boehm photo The photo of two male greater sage-grouse lekking won the 10th Annual Audobon Photography Awards.

Pinedale resident featured on PBS

Recognized in the annual

Audobon awards, Pinedale resident Elizabeth

“Betty” Boehm will be featured on

an upcoming PBS segment of Wyoming

Chronicle.

The 30-minute segment titled “Wyoming

Birding” will air Friday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m.

and again Saturday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Known locally as the artist whose owl

is visible on the side of the Riviera Lodge

facing Pine Street, Boehm is also one of six

photographers featured in the 10th Annual

Audubon Photography Awards.

Boehm, who won the Professional Category

with her photo of two lekking greater

sage-grouse, was featured at the biennial

Audubon Convention, in Audubon magazine,

Nature’s Best Photography magazine,

and in a traveling Audubon Photography

Awards exhibit across the country.

The winning photographers were selected

from 2,253 entrants from all 50 states, Washington

D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and

territories. Boehm’s photo of lekking grouse

captures part of a unique and rare springtime

mating ritual that few people get the chance

to see.

Once recognized, she was contacted by

Gone

to the

birds

Elizabeth Boehm photo

The photo of two male greater sage-grouse lekking won the 10th Annual Audobon Photography Awards.

PBS. A videographer and interviewer traveled

to Pinedale to interview Boehm.

She will be as surprised as the rest of the

viewers.

“I’m not sure how it turned out,” Boehm

said. “There were a lot of ‘ums and aws.’”

While the award-winning photo was not

always her favorite, Boehm said, it is now.

“My favorite photo changes,” she said. A

photographer of wildlife and scenic photos

for 15 to 20 years, Boehm found she prefers

photographing birds.

“Grey of Winter” is one of her favorites,

showing a gray owl on a fence post in the

winter.

“The mood and colors – he’s got a quiet,

silent look to him,” Boehm said.

“Snowstorm Blue” of a bluebird in the

winter is a bestseller.

Part of her photography is studying her

subjects.

“I go out before sunrise and study where

they live and learn about the subjects,”

Boehm said. “It’s me learning, not social

media telling me where to go like so many

people do nowdays.”

Boehm’s works are on display and available

for sale at Art of the Winds, 128 W.

Pine St. She has also taught birding classes

through Sublette BOCES in the past.

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