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 Nature Photography of Nadine Blacklock

Nadine Blacklock, 1953-1998

Nadine was co-photographer or sole photographer of eight books: Photographing Wildflowers; Journeys to Door Country; Our Minnesota; Border Country; The Hidden Forest; Gooseberry; The Duluth Portfolio; and her final retrospective, Fifteen Years in a Photographer’s Life. Border Country received the 1999 National Publishers Freedom Award for the best book in the Arts and Nature category. Nadine was always involved in the total book project from conception to photography, to layout, to overseeing the final printing.
Like her writing, Nadine’s photographs were often edited to be very succinct. She took great joy in paring something down to its essence.

Photography was only a part of Nadine’s life. She believed in volunteering for numerous environmental causes, and contributing financially to those same causes. Most notably - she was one of the co-founders of the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, volunteering much of her time during its fledgling stages of development. She served as president of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council where she was instrumental in several major additions to Minnesota’s state park system including North Shore purchases of Illgen Falls and Gold Rock Point. In 1998, Nadine and her black Lab, Paddles, were killed in an automobile accident while starting out on a photography trip on the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Through her bequest, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary purchased land near Gold Rock Point — now named the Nadine Blacklock Legacy Lakeshore. On this property there was a small cabin. Through renovations it is now a deluxe cabin with running water, satellite TV, private beaches, and gorgeous views. It is available to Sanctuary artists for a few weeks per year, but when not in use by artists, it is available for public rentals through Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay at (218) 226-3221. Income from rentals goes toward property taxes and preserving this piece of property from further development.


Peek into the largest volume of photographs jointly produced by Craig and Nadine Blacklock: Border Country.  Discover the beauty of the Boundary Waters online by clicking the links below.

All photographs are under copyright, if you are interested in purchasing these images, please contact Blacklock Gallery.



Boundary Waters Canoe Area Photographers (professional and amateur):

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The Blacklock's

Jim Brandenburg

Tom & Christie Kearney

Deborah Sussex

Layne Kennedy

Ken Harmon

Erik W. L. Anderson - Photo Prints

Curt Stahr

Dennis O'Hara

Jay Steinke

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Lynn Rogers

Lorraine Anderson

Kevin Birznieks


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