Jill Cockrum Photography
Exhibit September 2017

             Hummingbirds can challenge nature photographers - fairly easy to photograph when they're guzzling sugar water at a nectar feeder, less predictable and stationary once they're perched. Mesa photographer Jill Cockrum enjoys the natural surroundings of the Hummingbird-Butterfly Garden at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to capture the vivid gorget of a male Anna's Hummingbird - and the gemstone irridesence of a Broad-billed.

             She's the guest artist with a solo exhibition in the visitor center art gallery during September, 2017.

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I grew up in the Pacific North West with the natural world surrounding me. Beaches, snow capped mountains and rain soaked forests. So very different from the desert Southwest I now call home. In 1998 I moved to Arizona, starting a new job - and knowing almost nobody. I've always been an explorer; during my first years in AZ and without much social life I jumped at the opportunity to get to know my surroundings -- that first year my national parks pass got a work out!"

             "From the desert to the mountains to the tall pine forests, Arizona has a beauty that I'm continually compelled to document and celebrate through photography. It seems like I've always had a camera, I was always using up the film in my mother's Instamatic -- having a camera phone back then would have saved me from browbeating! I've owned many cameras over the years, each one getting a little better, a little fancier. Five years ago I bought my first professional digital camera, then I got a Zoo membership as a gift from my husband... and he jokes that he hasn't seen me since. I'm always off to explore the next great place to photograph the wild things."

             "For the last year and with the guidance of some exceptional photographers and teachers I've gained skill and confidence as a photographer. With patience and skill I've learned that photographing the natural world is my passion, I think this is reflected in my exhibit at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Quite a few of the photos in the exhibit are of birds seen at the arboretum and hummingbirds are definitely becoming a favorite subject. Desert Weather is phenomenal, too - now i'm chasing Summer storms and watching for breathtaking sunsets."
            Matted, unframed 8x10 prints are $15, with 11x14 enlargements priced $35. 14x16 framed prints behind glass are $65, and premium enlargements range from $185 - $465.
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Email the artist and inquire about commissions at j.v.cockrumphotography@gmail.com

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is at highway 60 milepost #223 near the historic copper mining town of Superior, a drive of about 45 minutes due East of Mesa. From June-through-September visitors are admitted from 6:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and the Arboretum closes at 3:00 p.m. New exhibits begin each month and may be seen daily during business hours; the Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where our gallery is found. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit.

Review exhibits 2015 through 2017

Roger Degler July - August 2017

Sarah Slocum And Bill Brooks - June 2017

Paul Gill - May 2017

Mary Isham - April 2017

Preston Cox - March 2017

The Ateliers Group

Darrell Sheppard

Burdell Moody

Tony DeNunzio


Sue Cullumber

Bud Heiss


Miriam Mladinov

Anthem Camera Club

Nancy Romanovsky

Julie Stubbs

John Aho

Heather Coen

Rimgaudas Vidziunas

Michael Madsen & Heidi Golden Hearts-Rock Photos

Elaine Dube

Becky Joy

Christine Debrosky

Then And Now BTA Photography

Paul Landau

Preston Cox & Tammy Knight

Legumes of Arizona

Paul Kinslow
Rick Cameron



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