Slide Programs

Each slide program runs from 45 to 90 minutes and is accompanied by an entertaining and informative commentary by Ian Adams. Programs are non-technical and designed for clubs and the general public. The following slide programs are currently available:


A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio

Ian Adams’ recent books, A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volumes 1 & 2  introduce you to 300 of the most beautiful and photogenic places in the Buckeye State. Through Ian’s camera, you’ll visit Ohio’s most scenic vistas, waterfalls, natural areas and preserves, scenic rivers and byways, zoos and public gardens, historic barns and bridges, rural areas, holiday lighting displays, and historic buildings and murals. These books provide the first detailed guide to landscape photography ever produced for Ohio.

The Floridas

Beyond Florida’s sunny beaches, Disney World, and Space Center lies another world: the other Florida. In this program, based on Ian Adams’ book, The Floridas, published by Browntrout Publishers, you’ll visit the mysterious Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp, travel to historic places like America’s oldest city, Saint Augustine, and stroll through Key West, home to Ernest Hemingway. From remote fishing villages to bubbling freshwater springs, old sugar mills and historic homes, hotels and gardens, you’ll gain a new perspective on the landscapes of the Sunshine State.

Wild and Scenic Florida

The High Alleghenies

To the east and southeast of Ohio lie the western ramparts of the Appalachians, the High Alleghenies
of West Virginia, western Pennsylvania and Maryland. Rising to nearly five thousand feet in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, these wild and scenic hills harbor black bears, dramatic waterfalls, deep canyons, wild rivers and spectacular floral displays of pink azalea, mountain laurel and rhododendron. In this slide program, you’ll visit Allegheny National Forest, Swallow Falls, Ohiopyle State Park, Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, Spruce Knob and the rugged Dolly Sods Wilderness.

The High Alleghenies

Wet and Wild – The World of Wetlands

Researchers estimate that since 1780, agricultural, urban and industrial development has destroyed more than 50 percent of the 250 million acres of wetlands…marshes, swamps, bogs and fens…that existed in the United States in presettlement days. Yet over 100 million acres of wetlands remain, teeming with animal and plant life and home to over one-third of the endangered and threatened species in the U.S. This program showcases some of these last remaining wilderness areas in the eastern U.S., from the quaking bogs of the North Woods and Midwest to the coastal marshes and vast cypress swamps of the Southeast.

The World of Wetlands

Trees: A Photographic Celebration

Ian Adams has photographed more trees than any other subject during his 25-year photography career, and in this program he shares some of his favorite tree photographs, taken through the seasons in Ohio and thirteen other states, together with poems and quotations about trees by Robert Frost, A.E. Housman, Woody Allen and other writers.

Southern Places

Ohio’s Public Gardens and Arboretums

The Buckeye State is home to many beautiful public gardens. Through Ian Adams’ lens, we’ll visit stately homes like Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, 70 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding the former home of industrial mogul F. A. Seiberling, and Kingwood Center, founded by industrialist Charles King, where 40,000 tulips and 30,000 annuals bloom each year in the 26-acre gardens. Other notable Ohio public gardens include The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Holden Arboretum, one of the largest arboretums in the U.S., and Franklin Park Conservatory, site of Ameriflora in 1991/1992.

Ohio's Public Gardens

Missouri Botanical Garden – Green for 150 Years

Founded by Henry Shaw in 1859, Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is the oldest botanical garden in North America. During 2007 and 2008, Ian Adams visited Missouri Botanical Garden more than twenty times to carry out the photography for a book, Missouri Botanical Garden; Green For 150 Years, which celebrates the sesquicentennial of the Garden. This program describes the history of the Missouri Botanical Garden and provides a photo tour of the seasonal garden attractions at this prestigious public garden.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Ohio’s Natural Areas and Preserves

The Buckeye State contains a national park, a national forest and twenty state forests, seventy-four state parks, twelve scenic rivers, and 125 state nature preserves, home to scores of rare and unusual animals and plants. This program provides a photo tour of Ohio’s diverse natural areas and preserves through the seasons, using images taken by Ian Adams during a thirty-year, half-million mile photographic exploration of the Buckeye State.

Conkles Hollow, Hocking Hills

Gossamer Wings – Dragonflies and Damselflies

For several years, Ian Adams has devoted many summer hours to capturing on film and flash card the beauty of the many species of dragonflies and damselflies that can be found in the meadows, wetlands, rivers and streams of northeast Ohio. In this slide program you’ll learn about the fascinating life histories of these delicate “jewels” of the insect world. Take a photo hike through a summer meadow and enjoy a wade along a river and enter the amazing world of darners, clubtails, skimmers, dancers and jewelwings. Ian Adams provides helpful hints on finding, observing and identifying dragonflies and damselflies during this entertaining and informative program.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Fungus Among Us – Mushrooms of Ohio

Ohio is home to more than 2,000 different kinds of mushrooms. Many are inedible, but a few are delicious. Some mushrooms are toxic, and a small number are deadly poisonous. Mushrooms are part of the kingdom of fungi, which play an important role in many of the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, and the drugs used to treat many illnesses and injuries. Fungi are also an indispensable part of the soil and many of them make beautiful subjects for close-up photography. In this program, illustrated with dozens of color photographs, Ian Adams shares information on the fascinating world of fungi and they affect our lives.

Coprinus Mushrooms, North Chagrin Reservation

The World of Lichens

Lichens cover 6-8 percent of the world’s land surface, and have been described as “the fungi that discovered agriculture.” Join Ian Adams for a photographic introduction to the fascinating Lilliputian world of lichens – what they are, where to find them, tips on lichen identification, and their use in air pollution monitoring, clothing dyes, and food for wildlife.