While we may not have the mountain vistas of other states, we do have an equivalent: clouds of magnificent proportions. On November 16 at 7 PM, Master Naturalist Bob McConville and his special guest Luke Gommermann, a ranger at the Big Cypress National Preserve, will be at Rose History Auditorium to discuss the atmospheric conditions, unique to this area, that produce these clouds, how they forecast the weather and the role they play in maintaining the diverse habitats at the Preserve.
Not surprisingly, cloud formations are a favorite subject for photographers everywhere. So, for your added enjoyment, the Marco Island Historical Society has put together a mini-exhibit of cloud-themed photographs that will be on display the night of the lecture and in the Museum’s lobby afterwards. The photographers represented are some of the finest in thearea and include seven members of the Naples Digital Photography Club, as well as popular local artist Clyde Butcher. After this evening at Rose, we guarantee you’ll leave with a new interest in “looking up.”
A frequent environmental lecturer at the Museum, McConville is a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism and is the founder of the organization Stepping Stone Ecotours, which takes visitors to the Big Cypress National Preserve on boardwalk tours. He is also a member of the 10,000 Island Dolphin Project, an ongoing study of the distribution, movement and behavior of dolphins in the Marco Island area.
The lecture is free to members of the Historical Society and $10 for nonmembers. All are invited to attend. Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive. For more information, call 239-389-6447 or visit www.theMIHS.org.