Monday, December 30, 2013

The Photography of Benny Pol: Discovering the Natural Beauty of the El Paso Region

Texas Antelope Squirrel at the Nature Trail. Photo by Benny Pol reprinted without any permission whatsoever. (Thanks Benny. I'll send you royalties from elpasonaturally.)

Benny Pol is an electronics technician, an American citizen from Holland, retired U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer, a Master Naturalist (Grand Master would be the more appropriate title) and one helluva photographer. 

If you are a part of the Facebook community, get to know his work. He posts frequently on the Nature Walk Trail, an area (middle of this map) in the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park recently upgraded by the Trans-Pecos Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.

You can see many of his nature albums HERE including photos taken in the Franklin Mountains, the Organ Mountains and on the Otero Mesa.

Benny was one of the event leaders for this year's very successful Celebration of Our Mountains.

What Benny is doing sui generis is documenting the abundant wildlife of our region of the Chihuahuan Desert. As you look at his photos of plant and animal life, you realize that what we have here is worth conserving and preserving. As more El Pasoans see the beauty and value of and in our natural open spaces, they will be less in favor of scraping the earth and sprawling the City. Master Plans such as Plan El Paso will make much more sense.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Benny!

By the way, the next Master Naturalist class is scheduled to start January 29, 2014. Information is below:

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  1. Great job Benny. Thanks for all you are doing to help others appreciate our natural world. Rick LoBello

  2. Benny's photography has brought the natural world and the outdoors to thousands of people indoors ~ the park facebook has been a great platform to share his photographs and our followers frequently share their admiration for his talent. He's been an active volunteer at Franklin Mountains State Park and we can't express our gratitude enough for all of the ways he's helped elevate the park and connect our community with nature!