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Every Sunday for the past few weeks, I've watched episodes of Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel. And in addition to introducing me to cave worms that glow like twinkle lights and a bird that transforms into a smiley face during its mating dance, the series reminds me about the importance of conserving the wild places of our planet. Texas alone has plenty of nature to celebrate, and in case you're skeptical, William Campbell Contemporary Art (4935 Byers Ave. in Fort Worth) is presenting a collection of photos from some of the most beautiful locations in the state. The exhibit, titled The Last Great Places of Texas: Photographs From the Nature Conservancy's Texas Preserves, will feature works by 14 Texas photographers, showcasing places such as Mad Island Marsh Preserve on Matagorda Bay, the Davis Mountains and the Eckert James River Bat Cave Preserve. The photos will be on display and available for purchase Saturday through June 23, and a portion of sale proceeds will benefit the Nature Conservancy of Texas, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve natural communities. William Campbell Contemporary Art is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Call 817-737-9566 or visit
First Tuesday-Friday of every month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: May 1. Continues through June 23


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