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November 18, 2012

Wildlife lover captures their beauty

OAKWOOD —

While growing up in the Oakwood area, Sherri Easley and her siblings used to go on nature walks with their father. From those outings, she developed a love for the outdoors and animals.

“I love wildlife,” she said. “I see things that are different from what most people see.”

In fact, wildlife is her favorite subject when she’s painting or taking photographs. A close-up photo of a bison’s eye, which shows the reflection of a pickup truck, was published in National Bison Magazine. In the spring, Westville Library will have a show of her photos, and will display her artwork later next year.

She also makes calendars every year, using a variety of wildlife photos.

“I’m not a person you’d find in a mall,” Easley said with a smile. “I like nature around me. Real beauty is in what is natural.”

When she takes walks in Kickapoo State Park or near her Oakwood home, she takes Mr. Bojangles with her. “He’s ready to dance,” she said of the 4-year-old Chihuahua.

Easley had never had an indoors dog before, so she was hesitant when her son, Brandon, offered her a puppy from a litter. She was worried about housebreaking, but Bojangles was a quick learner.

“I devoted time to him and training, and he never chewed up the furniture,” she said, and he didn’t bother the other items in the house, including several deer antlers and bison skulls.

“If you’re going to have a pet, you need to understand it,” she said. “Do research and learn what they require.”

The dog is best friends with Jeepers, a 9-year-old cat. Autumn, 13, a calico, keeps to herself.

To give him a good quality of life, they started taking walks, and now walk several miles a week. Bojangles even takes his own supply of water.

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