Lake Charles visitors will journey to some of the world's most extraordinary locations in the new National Geographic exhibition, "50 Greatest Landscapes. " In this exhibition, National Geographic transports visitors to the wonders of the world - from underwater vantages to the expansive countryside to the most dominating mountain peaks, and everywhere in between. Organized to showcase the phenomenon of changing seasons, the images convey the rebirth of spring, the energy of summer, the vibrant colors of fall and the stillness of winter. An opening reception for "50 Greatest Landscapes" is planned for Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center, located at 1001 Ryan Street.
The exhibition, inspired by the book "National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Stunning Photographs That Inspire and Astonish," illuminates the beauty Earth through its collection of 50 images shot by some of the world's finest photographers. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer George Steinmetz, best known for his exploration photography and a restless curiosity for the unknown, this exhibition captures unimaginable views that allow visitors to escape the walls of the museum and fully immerse themselves in these remarkable landscapes.
"This new exhibit brings the natural beauty of the world to Lake Charles' front door step," said Matt Young, director of cultural affairs for the City of Lake Charles. "We want the community to take advantage of this free opportunity to view all of the impressive landscapes our planet has to offer while the exhibit is in Lake Charles."
In each evocative image, the photographers reveal the landscape while invoking the spirit of the season - from cherry trees blossoming during spring in Japan and tadpoles swimming through a lily pad forest during Vancouver's summer to the Matterhorn's summit against the autumn sky in Switzerland and a skier taking flight in the Austrian Alps during winter. Visitors will leave inspired by the beauty of each landscape's transformation as seasons progress throughout the year.
Historic City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Charlestown Farmers' Market is open on Bilbo Street behind the center every Saturday 8 a.m.-noon. For more information, please call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.