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Fish Hatchery To Host Hudspeth’s ‘Close To Nature’ Photography Series

Award-winning photographer Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr. will present a program about wildlife photography Saturday. – Photo Provided

ENID – On Saturday, Aug. 15, the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center will present “Close to Nature,” with award-winning wildlife photographer Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

The program will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the event room at the Visitor Education Center.

A native Mississippian, Hudspeth’s work has been published over 900 times in magazines including Mississippi Outdoors, Ducks Unlimited and Delta Wildlife.

In 1993 Hudspeth’s image of a least bittern taken at Ross Barnett Reservoir was selected to receive the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History Award for Excellence in calendar photography.

His work has also graced 12 Mississippi Duck Stamps and 13 Mississippi Sportsman Hunting Licenses. His first book, In The Southern Wild, was released in the Fall of 2003.

The program will include images of Hudspeth scouting, putting out a blind, working from a camouflaged Poke Boat, working from a non camouflaged boat, along with the photographs of wildlife taken from these set ups.

In addition, there will be what Hudspeth calls “walk around” images. These are photographs made without the aid of a blind and include sunrises, butterflies, scenics, turtles and other images of nature. Hudspeth will also show and explain the photographic equipment he uses to capture his award winning images.

For more information about the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery visit Additional information about Hudspeth’s work is available at

The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery is located off I-55 at the Enid Exit 233 east. For information contact, Jessie Gurner, Director of the Visitor Education Center, at 662-563-8068.

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