A glimpse of life in the desert at the Bruce

Dana Buckley

Dana Buckley

In the desert, life is a struggle and beauty is even harder won.

But award-winning photographer Dana Buckley sees beauty everywhere in the desert and presents life in all its brilliance, from the rare to the everyday, in her collection of photographs entitled Dana Buckley: Living Desert.

On Sunday, March 3, Ms. Buckley will be at the Bruce Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. to discuss her latest effort and will autograph copies of the book — featuring a collection of desert flora rendered in transcendent, meditative detail — which will be available for purchase in the museum store.

Ms. Buckley traveled to some of the nation’s most undiscovered terrain for her second book of photographs.

The images contained in Living Desert include shots from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Ariz.; the Anza-Borrego Desert Park in Borrego Springs, Calif.; Huntington Gardens in San Marino, Calif.; Joshua Tree National Park in Yucca Valley, Calif.; Palm Desert, Calif. and Lotusland in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“To me, the dryness of the desert has a certain resonance with the cement and stone of New York City, while the desert’s mountain backdrop is reminiscent of the jagged skyline,” said Ms. Buckley.

“This experience required a new kind of patience; rather than trying to alter the environment to get the shot I wanted, I yielded to its might and majesty.”

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Extreme Habitats: Living Desert Dry, on view through March 3, this program is free with museum admission and suitable for all ages and abilities.

For additional information on this program, call the Bruce Museum at 203-869-0376 or visit brucemuseum.org.

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