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Vail library hosting local adventurer’s photo show

Jon Sheppard’s work is as wide as the West

Adventurer and photographer Jon Sheppard's latest show is on display at the Vail Public Library. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. April 9.
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If You Go …

What: Jon Sheppard’s photography show and opening reception

Where: Vail Public Library

When: 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9

Cost: Free

Information: Sheppard’s show will be on display through April 15. for a photo safari contact Sheppard at 970-949-9131 or email jonsheppard62@comcast.net, or visit JonSheppardPhotography.com

VAIL — Jon Sheppard has lived everywhere from Kodiak Island to Colorado, and all kinds of places in between — most of it with a camera in his hand.

Sheppard’s life looks like an adventure novel, except it’s not fiction. Sheppard has lived it.

His latest photo collection is on display at the Vail Public Library through April 15. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

“I have been a professional photographer for many years and have traveled some of the world,” he said.

Russia, the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand — it’s easier to name the places he has not traveled than those he has. He was in the charter boat and SCUBA business in Alaska and the Virgin Islands. He has also taught sky diving (his highest jump is 20,000 feet), rock climbing and mountaineering. He managed to land in Nashville and played drums in country bands.

These days he leads photo safari treks around the West and the world.

He has produced award-winning books such as “Someday In A Place Out West,” “Always Colorado” and “Cowboys and Cowgirls & Wide Open Spaces.”

He was also introduced to skiing, and figured that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. For fun, he and two friends — one of them blind — set a world record by skiing 18 Colorado ski areas in one day, while raising more than $20,000 for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. Helicopters and vehicles proceeding at well above the posted speed limit were involved.