Carla Hunt Photography (Photo contributed)

Carla Hunt Photography (Photo contributed)

Vernon photographer introduces 2019 wildlife calendar

Carla Hunt’s 2019 calendar is completely locally made with partial proceeds being donated to the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club.

Carla Hunt began her photography career simply taking photos of wildlife around Vernon.

As an avid photographer and wildlife enthusiast, this year she decided to showcase the “Beauty in the Okanagan” through a fully-locally made calendar.

The calendars are filled with Hunt’s favourite photographs from throughout the year.

Moving to Vernon in 1998, she became fascinated by nature and animals found throughout the Okanagan and began photographing it. Today she owns Carla Hunt Photography in Vernon.

Though Hunt is self-taught, she is passionate and began making these calendars for family and friends about five years ago.

“A few years ago someone suggested that they’re good enough and I should sell them. So I took that advice and they actually sold out the first year,” she said.

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Black bear, Enderby

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Initially, she used Vista Print to make the calendars but this year she said she wanted to focus on keeping business local.

“I stepped it up a notch this year,” she said. “I found a calendar software program and totally designed them myself instead of going through vista print and printed them locally here in Vernon through Elise’s Printopia. I really love the idea of keeping this local now.”

Being a member herself and seeing as she focuses on wildlife photography, Hunt decided that she would donate partial proceeds to the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club — a group of citizens dedicated to the conservation and nature in the North Okanagan including Vernon, Coldstream, Armstrong, among others.

“They’re all about animal protection, which is really important for the animals in the area because as Vernon keeps expanding, we’re essentially building into their homes. I’m a member of the Naturalists’ Club as well and they focus on the habitat protection and the health of the wildlife in the area and that’s important.”

The calendars are priced at $25 (plus shipping when applicable). Those interested in purchasing, the 2019 calendars are available at Teassentials in Vernon (cash only) or Quilakwa Stop ‘N’ Shop in Enderby or by ordering online by visiting www.carlahuntphotography.com.

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Northern Harrier, Swan Lake Nature Reserve, Vernon, BC

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Wood Lake, Oyama (Carla Hunt/For the Morning Star)

Wood Lake, Oyama (Carla Hunt/For the Morning Star)

The full wolf moon, January’s (2018) full moon named after howling wolves, sets above the snowy North Okanagan landscape. (Carla Hunt photo)

The full wolf moon, January’s (2018) full moon named after howling wolves, sets above the snowy North Okanagan landscape. (Carla Hunt photo)

An eagle lands on a branch above a snowy North Okanagan setting. (Carla Hunt photo)

An eagle lands on a branch above a snowy North Okanagan setting. (Carla Hunt photo)