I took a couple of portraits at the nature center, using a my macro lens, and experimenting with negative space.
As I mentioned in last year's entry about the Boardman River Nature Center, the taxidermy is top-notch, and is the main educational focus of the center. There are only two tanks that contain live animals (green frog[s] and a red-eared slider) – which is rare for a nature center, but the taxidermy, skeletons, and skins provide much more information than any caged, living animal could. Most of the mounts are accompanied by a skin; the nature center is even thorough enough to provide two gray fox pelts: one a summer coat, and the other a winter coat.
Taxidermy, pelts, and skulls are extremely valuable tools for nature education – and the Boardman River Nature Center uses them to their fullest potential. If you're ever in Traverse City or nearby, make a visit!