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Shadow Catchers visit Summit Lake

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The Knightstown Intermediate School “Shadow Catchers” Photography Club. From left, club sponsor GregEverson, A. J. Darling, Quentin Adams, Emma Turpin, Brooklyn Loveall, Millie Koehler, Zoey Wilkinson, Allison Dickerson, Kiley Magee and Tori Steinwachs.
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Photo by Knightstown Intermediate School Shadow Catchers The KIS Photography Club snapped this picture of abald eagle perched at Summit Lake State Park. The student photographers also captured close-up photos of wild flowers and Canada geese.

Courier-Times Staff Report

The Knightstown Intermediate School Photography Club captured several natural scenes Friday during a trip to Summit Lake State Park.

The KIS Photography Club members call themselves “Shadow Catchers,” in honor of 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis.

Curtis had a dream of capturing pictures and documenting the lives of the Native American tribes at the turn of the 20th century before they vanished from North America. He published a 20-volume set entitled “The North American Indian,” which KIS Photography Club sponsor Greg Everson calls “one of the greatest works of photography in U.S. History.”

Everson said some of the Native Americans featured in those photos dubbed Curtis the “Shadow Catcher.”

“The KIS Photography Club has taken his nickname to honor Mr. Curtis and to hopefully continue in his tradition of documenting through our pictures a little of our history,” Everson said.

When the Knightstown Shadow Catchers arrived at Summit Lake State Park, they were greeted by a deer standing in the middle of the road. Just beyond the deer, there was a bald eagle.

“It then lead our way as it flew ahead of us to a dead tree near its nest. It stayed in the tree and allowed us to pull up alongside it and take pictures,” Everson said.

The eagle was joined by its mate, and the young photographers got to watch the pair feed their eaglets.

The KIS Photography Club spent time walking a couple of the trails taking pictures of the wildlife, trees and flowers. As typical of today’s teenagers, there were a few shots taken of each other in the group along the way.

“Though it was a cold day, it was a good day taking pictures to help document some of the natural surroundings in which we live here in East Central Indiana,” Everson said.