Local photographer, Diane Bowes, will present her photographs and a description of her travel adventures from her recent trip with National Geographic to Madagascar.
The program is free and open to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. at the Old Forge Library,
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and while being only 250 miles off the coast of Africa, 90 percent of the wildlife is found nowhere else. The trip included visits to rain forests, the spiny desert and dry highlands that looked like our far west.
Each new habitat brought encounters with different species, landscapes and a glimpse of daily life in this fascinating country. The trip was co-led by Patricia Wright, the world’s leading authority on lemurs.
Bowes and her family own Covewood Lodge on Big Moose Lake. She and her late husband, Major, conducted natural history tours to Central and South America and the Caribbean for more than a decade in the 1960s and 70s.
As avid natural historians and birders, they continued to travel extensively to many countries including Bolivia, India, Botswana, and many more.
Bowes has set foot on all seven continents. Some of her latest travels have been to Bhutan, Borneo, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and most recently Madagascar.