Dr. Charles Wyttenbach, who has summered in Woods Hole continuously since 1964, will give a talk and slide show of his photographs from his recent trip to Botswana, and will feature African mammals.
Dr. Wyttenbach, who was on the Biology faculty at The University of Kansas from 1966 until his retirement in 1997, has been an avid photographer since he was a teen-ager. His first opportunity to photograph “wildlife” came when he was a student research assistant at the MBL in the mid-1950s. He spent all his spare time for four summers photographing more than 100 marine invertebrates. He sold copies to numerous universities then, and some are still appearing in current biology texts. He enjoyed the invertebrate challenges and found the results satisfying, but, as he says “For decades my wildlife photos were limited to those of my growing children.”
Retirement changed all that, as he and his wife Ellen have traveled on a series of wildlife photography expeditions, and seemed to make up for lost time. They traveled to Antarctica in 2001 when his interest in photographing wildlife was re-kindled. Since then they have been to the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, Baja California, Mexico (whale-watching), Iceland (twice, both land- and ship-based), Jan Mayen Island, Norway, “Wild Scotland,” the Faeroe Islands, Alaska (small boat cruise and Denali), “India Wildlife Safari,” Churchill, Manitoba (polar bears),and in 2013 to the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rain Forest, and within the past two years, to Botswana, the Florida Everglades, and Bonaventure Island, Quebec.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961.