The Hitchcock Woods Foundation is offering its seventh annual calendar which highlights the natural beauty of the urban forest.


The work of Ginny Southworth, a former newspaper photographer and current USC Aiken professor, is featured in this year’s calendar. This is the second time she’s been asked to participate in the project – a collection of her work was in the 2009 edition.


“It’s always an honor to be asked by the Woods committee to do this,” Southworth said. “I don’t know anybody in this town who doesn’t make good use of the woods.”


Southworth enjoys strolling through the Hitchcock Woods at least five times a week, she said.


This year, the calendar is titled “Visitors & Celebrations of Hitchcock Woods.” Southworth said that, in the past, it’s been more about the scenic part of Hitchcock Woods. The 2013 calendar art focuses on the educational aspects and people in the woods, Southworth said.


“It’s a little bit more about the people’s involvement in the woods which is so important for it to continue,” Southworth said.


Photographs of equestrians, walkers, runners, carriage drivers and students in the woods are all included in the calendar.


“The Hitchcock Woods has so many dimensions in the way that it can be enjoyed and the ways it can be viewed by different people,” said Foundation executive director Doug Rabold. “This year’s calendar reveals the many ways visitors enjoy the magic of the Hitchcock Woods.”


Rabold said the calendar has been a great success over the years.


Other well-known photographers that have been featured include Ken Perrine in 2007, Shelly Marshall Schmidt in 2008, Forrest Roberts in 2010, Todd Lista in 2011 and Brent Cline for this year’s calendar.


The 2013 calendar is available at Birds & Butterflies at 117 Laurens St. N.W.


Rabold thanks Birds & Butterflies owners Ron and Dori Brenneman for selling the calendar at their store and for their generosity. The calendars cost $10 each, and all of the proceeds will benefit the Hitchcock Woods Foundation.