Dwigans has always been interested in photography but became more serious about it five years ago when he started taking photos of fungi and plants to identify when he got home after hiking.
Luckily, he often finds himself outdoors as a North Carolina State Park Ranger at Gorges State Park.
"While I don't get paid for my photos, my reward comes from teaching people about things they never knew existed that can be found right in their own backyard," he said. "I am often able to fuse my love of nature photography with my work, teaching visitors about the hidden and unseen world around us."
Elizabeth “Liz” Baier is WUNC’s Digital News Editor. She's a first-generation Colombian-American fluent in Spanish. She has two decades of experience than span print, audio, and digital reporting and editing.
Bradford pears and 24 other ornamental trees were developed from Callery pears — a species brought to America a century ago to save ravaged pear orchards. Now, their invasive descendants have been reported in more than 30 states.