Conservation Photographers Present History Museum Program

LOS ALTOS, CA (March 9, 2021) Meet the photographers and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Los Altos History Museum‘s current exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” in a Zoom program titled “A 27-Year Wildflower Journey,” Thursday, March 18 at 5pm.

Internationally acclaimed conservation photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter will present photographs of wildflowers in California’s diverse geographic areas and share their unique techniques for capturing these one-of-a-kind images. This husband-and-wife team create all the photographs in the field, lugging 80 pounds of cameras and “natural light” studio equipment from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to 13,000-foot-high mountain passes.

“In 1992, we discovered and fell in love with the spectacular wildflower blooms in the Mojave Desert’s Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve,” said Winter. “This experience inspired us to artistically document the vanishing wildflowers found on our public lands.”

Collaborating for more than three decades, the photographers’ work has been featured in notable magazines and newspapers across the country. The Sierra Club presented the couple with the 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography for combining art and activism to further a cause. “Our lives are dedicated to creating change with our images,” said Badger. “We are a voice for wildflowers and the life that depends on them.”

In a joint venture with the California Native Plant Society, Badger and Winter published a coffee table book featuring 190 images of super-bloom landscapes and botanical portraits alongside 18 short stories by scientists, environmental leaders, and nature writers. It also includes an easy action plan so anyone can help protect the fragile wildflower ecosystems threatened by climate change and other human activities. Titled “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” the book is available to purchase in the Museum’s online store, or in the lobby during open hours.

The exhibition by the same name originated at the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy. It will be on display in the Museum’s Main Gallery through July 11th.

Los Altos History Museum reopened its indoor gallery and gift shop on a limited basis, weekends only, from noon-4pm. The upstairs exhibit with the model train, and the J. Gilbert Smith House, remain closed.

To receive the Zoom link for this free program, register here

Photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter are available for media interviews. Contact Diane Holcomb at

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum’s Main Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The upstairs exhibit with the model train, and the J. Gilbert Smith House, remain closed. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,