The Birds and the Beasts

Story reprinted with permission by Chuck Murphy and OLLI@UGA.

By Chuck Murphy

Athens nature photographer Chuck Murphy showcases some of his favorite photos from trips to exotic locales at the Rivers Crossing OLLI gallery. Chuck’s exhibit, titled The Birds and the Beasts, contains some of his favorite photos from his trips to exotic locales to capture interesting images.

Chuck is a veteran OLLI presenter, having taught over 115 class sessions on a wide variety of topics since joining in 2007. In addition to his OLLI classes, he’s also taught photography courses for UGA’s Continuing Education, The State Botanical Garden and photography clubs across North Georgia.

Chuck has been honored over his 40-year career as a nature photographer with first prize in a national bird photography contest and publication in the National Wildlife magazine, calendar and holiday gift card set. His photos were published in both the 2019 and 2020 hardcover books, Birdwatching Photography Awards” by BirdWatching magazine.

Local newspapers have published his photos, and they’ve been accepted into curated exhibitions at The Georgia Museum of Art, Lyndon House Arts Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center and the Oconee County Cultural Arts Foundation. Chuck also showcased his photos in three exhibits at the Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Chuck’s website is, and you can reach him at

The OLLI art gallery is in Room 120A, the first office you’ll see when you enter the River’s Crossing building.

This article was written by the BoomAthens Staff.

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