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~Rivers and Streams~ : What Wondrous Stories A Water Molecule Could Tell; Of Wild Peaks Visited On Stormy Nights, Of Quiet Rivulets And Raging Rivers Traveled, Of The Swirling Protoplasmic Energy Of Living Cells A Zillion Places Visited Since The Earth's Beginning.
 
 David Cavagnro

~Rivers and Streams~

Randy Hutchison

What Wondrous Stories A Water Molecule Could Tell; Of Wild Peaks Visit ...

Updated: Sep 14, 2014 6:34am PST

Mingo/Otter Slough : Otter Slough is in Stoddard County.  When early explorers were making their way across what would be southeastern Missouri, they saw a seemingly endless expanse of bottomland hardwood timber and an interconnecting complex of sloughs and St. Francis River oxbows. The New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 caused Otter Slough, Fish Slough, Lick Creek and the Glades Swamp to combine into the large wetland now visited by thousands of migrating waterfowl. Amos Stoddard, whom the county was named for, described the region in 1812: "Nearly half of the lands... are covered with swamps and ponds, and periodically inundated. These swamps, filled with cypress, are mostly dry in the summer;... Many creeks or bayous take their rise in them, and... it is calculated that there are as many as 1 to every 15 miles." As the explorers moved on, westward expansion and settlement followed. Agricultural development was inevitable, and wetlands were converted to croplands. During the 1960s and 1970s, much of the land on and around Otter Slough was cleared, drained and graded for crop farming, resulting in the decline of both resident and migratory wildlife. Of the estimated original 320,000 acres of wetlands that once existed in Stoddard County only 6,884 acres remain today. Otter Slough is now one of only a few examples of a cypress/tupelo swamp left in Missouri. The cypress swamp, open marsh and flooded timber provide acorns, natural seeds, tubers, and invertebrates, all important waterfowl foods. Corn, wheat and sunflowers and other row crops are all used to maintain an open marsh condition and provide high energy food during winter months to sustain waterfowl during their long, migratory journeys. Duck numbers have reached 60,000 in the past. An average of 150,000 snow geese arrive annually with as many as 250,000 recorded in some years. Although the 4,886-acre area is managed primarily for migratory and wintering waterfowl, many wading birds, shorebirds, eagles, and wetland mammals make Otter Slough Conservation Area their home.

Mingo/Otter Slough

John Gilbert

Otter Slough is in Stoddard County. When early explorers were making ...

Updated: Sep 12, 2014 7:14am PST

Wildlife : This Gallery contains photographs of wildlife and even a pet or two.  Photographs where taken at Glacier National Park, National Ozark Riverways, The Great Smokey Mountains, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Local. (Click on Gil-bear to return to the main menu.)

Wildlife

John Gilbert

This Gallery contains photographs of wildlife and even a pet or two. ...

Updated: Sep 12, 2014 7:11am PST

~ The Sanctum of the Sea~ : "I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody.  And in all it's moods, I see myself."

_Martin Buxbaum

~ The Sanctum of the Sea~

Randy Hutchison

"I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and ...

Updated: Aug 27, 2014 11:06am PST

~My Personal Favorites~ : These are twenty of my personal favorites at this time, and in no particular order. It's always difficult to pick out my all-time favorite images.  More often than not it's the emotion I feel for a certain area that is just as important as the image itself.
  They could, and probably will change at any given day. Below each image is a story.  Some are quite different from one another, and require a different mindset and approach.  Some were pure luck, (Field of Dreams)  (Early Morning Bite)  Others were just being prepared at the right place and the right time.          ~Randy~

The Power Of Imagination Makes Us Infinite.

_John Muir

~My Personal Favorites~

Randy Hutchison

These are twenty of my personal favorites at this time, and in no part ...

Updated: Aug 27, 2014 11:06am PST

Nature :

Nature

Junior

Updated: Jul 18, 2014 8:06pm PST

~New  Gallery~ : We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. 
Thornton Wilder

~New Gallery~

Randy Hutchison

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are c ...

Updated: Jul 10, 2014 11:31am PST

~ Autumn and Winter~ : Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.

_Albert Camus

~ Autumn and Winter~

Randy Hutchison

Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower. _Albert Camu ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2014 5:04pm PST

~Assorted Images~ : “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”

_John Muir

~Assorted Images~

Randy Hutchison

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2014 1:57pm PST

~Mountainscapes~ : "The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go."

"Out Of The Forest At Last There Stood The Mountain, Wholly Unveiled, Awful In Build And Majesty, Filling All The View Like A Separate, Newborn World, Yet Withal So Fine And Beautiful It Might Well Fire The Dullest Observer To Desperate Enthusiasm."


_John Muir

You've probably noticed that I have quite a few images of the Mount Adams, Gifford Pinchot area.  Mount Adams is the most remote mountain in the Cascade Range.  It is often overlooked in publications and calendars.  It's one of the reasons I love this area so much.  It's difficult to reach and has very little pressure from civilization.  I feel that the hiking & camping experience hasn't changed much over the last fifty years, and it is one of the most beautiful places in Washington State.

_Randy

~Mountainscapes~

Randy Hutchison

"The Mountains Are Calling And I Must Go." "Out Of The Forest At La ...

Updated: Jul 03, 2014 1:54pm PST

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