March 8 Meeting: The Magic of Africa

Lioness carrying Cub, Beth Tollefsen

The next meeting of the Pagosa Springs Photography Club will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis Street in Pagosa Springs. Our topic this month is The Magic of Africa, presented by Pagosa Springs based photographer Beth Tollefsen. This will be a hybrid meeting, also available on Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed to members; others who wish to attend by Zoom may request the link by email to If attending in person, feel free to arrive any time after 6 p.m. for socializing; the actual presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m., MST. Photography Club meetings are open to the public.

Beth Tollefsen has photographed extensively in the American West and in East Africa. According to Beth,  after one visit to Kenya she was hooked, falling in love with the people, land and of course the animals of Africa.

Being on safari in the heart of the African bush is one of the few places left to experience nature that is still raw and wild.  

According to Beth, “It does not matter if you are new to photography or a seasoned photographer, you will come home with images that you will treasure.  It is hard to explain the feeling when you watch the bonds between mother and baby.  Lions live in a pride and it is quite evident the love and respect they have for each other.  You will see them eating, sleeping, playing grooming and simply showing affection for each other.  The elephants are such intelligent family oriented animals.  Then there are the zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, rhinos, hippos, buffalo, colorful birds and the very entertaining baboons and monkeys!  Just too many animals to name them all!”

It is Beth’s hope that the images she shares will bring awareness of the lives of animals and the heart and soul they each have and why it is important to protect the wild areas that sustain these magnificent creatures. 

Beth will share photos from three trips, two to Kenya and one to Zimbabwe.  She will touch on the different types of safaris available, what to expect, and what to look for if you choose to take a trip of a lifetime to Africa.  

The Pagosa Springs Photography Club promotes educational, social and fun interactions between all who enjoy making and viewing great photography.  The club sponsors educational programs and outings to help photographers hone their skills.  The Photography Club’s membership year begins in January. We welcome photographers of all skill levels. Dues for 2023 are just $25 ($35 family). For more information about the club, and to download a membership application, visit our website at .

Author: fotohiker

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