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Titled ‘Naturally Nevada’ and ‘The Wild World,’ the dual collection is the first public exhibit for Feiler and boasts creatures of local surroundings as well as landscapes and habitats from across the globe. Each photograph tells its own story, with some images taking as long as four days to capture the precise, single moment through the lens.
“As part of the educational footprint here in Las Vegas, we are excited to announce the works of Andrew Feiler Studio to our guests and community members while showcasing local talent and artistry,” said Las Vegas Natural History Museum Executive Director, Marilyn Gillespie. “Mr. Feiler’s attention to detail and stylistic technique captures the natural essences of various animals in their own habits, making his photography come to life.”
Feiler has traveled all over the U.S., to Canada and Japan, and will embark on a two-week, African safari in November. While home, he enjoys shooting nightscapes, moon rises, rock structures and his favorite subject—owls. There’s a nest behind his Summerlin home to which he’s been returning since last spring.
That type of dedication makes his photography possible. While shooting in Canada the past few weeks, some of his days were spent in freezing snow from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., others attempting to brave 44-mph winds, his 15-pound tripod blowing down the street, often with no resulting photographs.
“HOO” GOES THERE?
Searching for owls in the southwest Valley with nature photographer Andrew Feiler
“I tell myself I’m not going to see anything every time I come up here,” Andrew Feiler says to me. “That way I’m not disappointed.”
It’s 5 p.m. and we’re ascending a slope of jagged rocks in the Spring Mountains. Behind us, the noise of the city is getting softer, with the exception of someone revving up a motorcycle in the neighborhood below us.
There is no trail here. Feiler, a prominent nature photographer, is retracing steps he’s taken up and down this slope for the two years that he’s been watching a pair of great horned owls nesting on the mountain cliffs. “I think there must be some labyrinth of holes back there that they use,” he says. “I don’t see why they’d leave. They have a nice situation; they have nothing bothering them.”
Today we’re just here to observe the owls. As the sun sets on the other side of the mountain, Feiler positions his binoculars on a tripod about 100 yards from the cliff. Even from this distance, we have to whisper so the owls don’t hear us. Feiler scans for the nest and gives me a crash course on bird behavior.