National Recreation Area will present an exhibition of photographs by nature
photographer Jim Duckworth at the VisitorCenter from January 24
through March 13. On exhibit are beautiful images of birds that are commonly
found at Whiskeytown. Jim, a ShastaCounty
resident, is an active retiree who enjoys the outdoor life. He
participates in kayaking, skiing, hiking, and nature photography. During his
working years he played professional baseball for eleven years, including four
years in the Major Leagues as a pitcher with the Washington Senators, spent 25
years with the California Highway Patrol before retiring as a Lieutenant,
taught elementary and middle school for seven years, and then worked 2 years
for the Penguin Paddlers Kayak store in Redding.
is married and has five grown children. His wife, Kaydee, is an accomplished
artist in Redding
who works with watercolor, acrylics, and collage. In 2006, Jim began to focus full-time on
developing his skills as a nature photographer. His primary emphasis now is
photographing wild birds from his sea kayak while paddling on the many lakes
throughout northern California.
Photographing from a kayak enables him to slowly and very quietly approach the
birds without disturbing them and to photograph them in natural situations
within their environment. “It is a very relaxing and satisfying way to spend a
day, especially when the birds cooperate and pose nicely for the camera,” explains
is located on the corner of Highway 299 West and Kennedy Memorial Drive and is open daily
from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call (530) 246-1225.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.