Museum features prairie photography exhibit 

A new Norman photography exhibit showcases the natural beauty of the world's open prairies.

"Touch the Sky: Prairie Photographs by Jim Brandenburg" will run through April 12 at the The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua. Brandenburg is an award-winning photojournalist who worked as a National Geographic photographer for several decades. His images have been featured in The New York Times, Time, Life and The Smithsonian Institution.

Linda Coldwell, public relations officer for the museum, said Brandenburg's photography is a perfect fit for a state like Oklahoma.

"He is a conservationist that is very active in helping to preserve national prairie areas across the country, and the photographs are just beautiful," she said. "Of course, prairie is near and dear to our heart here, so we thought it was an excellent exhibit to appeal to an Oklahoma audience."

Brandenburg established the Brandenburg Prairie Foundation in 1999 to help preserve prairie lands in the United States. He received the World Achievement Award from the United Nations Environmental Program for using his photography to help raise public awareness about environmental and preservation issues.

Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for students. The museum also offers free admission on the first Monday of every month. For more information, call 325-4712.

"?James Lovett

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