Milwaukee area photographer Mary Lee Agnew uncovers the fantastic in some of the most unexpected places.

Agnew has lived in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood for more than two decades, and has since spent time along the Milwaukee River and Oak Leaf trails. Agnew became inspired on her walks and bike rides and began photographing the wildlife that crossed her path.

After assembling a body of photographs, Agnew began creating calendars of her work. During a chance encounter she gave a bird photographer one of her calendars. The next time she ran into him he handed her his camera with a long range 300mm lens, smiled, and said, “Here you go. Now you can make a better calendar.”

Serendipity seems to play an active role in Agnew’s photographs, as evidenced by the intimate moments she captures of foxes, owls, waterfowl, and other animals.

“I hope my photography encourages people to get out of their cars and houses and walk or bike and observe the world around them,” says Agnew. “We do not have to travel far to enjoy nature and wildlife, it is right here!”

Mary Lee Agnew’s photographs of foxes and other Milwaukee-area wildlife will be unveiled at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on Friday, April 8 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. At the opening Agnew will lead a family-oriented discussion and presentation of her pictures. At 7:00pm, the Center will show Fantastic Mr. Fox. For pricing and other information visit Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

Mary Lee Agnew’s photographs of Milwaukee foxes and other wildlife will be on display at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center from Friday, April 8 – Sunday, May 22.