PULLMAN, Wash. – Ecologist and Washington State University faculty member Eldon Franz will showcase a collection of photographs in “Celebrating an Inheritance of Trees,” from Monday, March 25 to Friday, April 5 at the Compton Union Building Gallery.
Franz, an associate professor of environmental science, has compiled an exhibit featuring a selection of images of trees coupled with quotations of text from various works of poetry, prose and science. The texts include works from Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein and Robert Frost. Franz’s purpose is to create a vision of the interconnected web of life on a continuum from the physical to the metaphysical.
While taking his first plant ecology course, Franz began taking pictures of vegetation in 1965 to illustrate various aspects of plant geography and ecology. Franz intended to use the photos in courses he taught at the University of Illinois, University of Georgia and WSU. The exhibit marks the first time Franz has printed a selection of images for display.
Franz has taught courses on plant materials, plant ecology, population ecology, ecosystem ecology, environmental assessment and ecosystem management. Franz serves on the WSU Environmental Science and Regional Planning faculty and his environmental and ecological work has taken him around the world.
CUB Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Classes or groups can visit the gallery at other times by contacting Marty Mullen at (509) 335-2313.