Artist Andrea Bonfils, who likes to use what Van Gogh called the "language of nature" in her artwork, is donating her limited-edition photograph "Pear Tree Views" to the silent auction of the second annual Tree Conservancy of Darien's Celebration of Trees photo contest reception.

Bonfils, who works from studios in Connecticut and New Mexico, is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. According to Bonfils, her particular affection for the trees and wildlife near Gorham's Pond comes from her daily walks to Pear Tree Beach over the past 16 years.

"I am a big fan of the conservancy and preserving our natural beauty," she said.

Her photograph, taken at Pear Tree Beach, captures the beauty of the majestic, historic, attractive and unusual trees in Darien that the conservancy promotes in its second annual photo contest.

The reception for Celebration of Trees will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Darien Nature Center, 120 Brookside Road. All submitted entries will be matted and displayed for the reception and will remain on view until April 25.

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Residents or those who work in Darien are invited to submit photos of Darien trees taken within the past two years. Photos can be in black and white or color and must be 8-by-10 inches. Entries can be submitted to the Darien Nature Center from Feb. 24 to March 1 during their normal hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The registration fee is $15 for adults and $10 for students, with a limit of three entries per person. Registration forms can be found at

A panel of tree and photography experts will judge the photos and prizes will be awarded in several categories.