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~ 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: Nov 01, 2014 9:33pm 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: Oct 27, 2014 5:14pm 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

Ottawa Tulip Festival : Images from Various years of the  Ottawa Tulip Festival held every may. The majority of the images come from the Dows Lake area  in Ottawa but Tulips grow all over Ottawa signaling spring in the Capital.

Ottawa Tulip Festival

Rick-Sellick

Images from Various years of the Ottawa Tulip Festival held every may ...

Updated: Jun 16, 2014 1:42pm PST

Some of My Favorite Shots! :

Some of My Favorite Shots!

RobertBodnarPhotos

Updated: Jun 10, 2014 6:32am PST

San Diego Wildlife Park :

San Diego Wildlife Park

Junior

Updated: Apr 27, 2014 6:13pm PST

Pacific Northwest,  Port Angeles, WA. : Photo Taken From Dec. 24, 2010 Thru  Jan. 3, 2011

Pacific Northwest, Port Angeles, WA.

RobertBodnarPhotos

Photo Taken From Dec. 24, 2010 Thru Jan. 3, 2011

Updated: Dec 14, 2013 6:28pm PST

Japan's Pacific North Coast (Area of Kesennuma, Japan) 10-3-2011 : Photos Taken October 2011 on  Mission Trip with Samaritan's Purse and Steppin-Out Missions

Japan's Pacific North Coast (Area of ...

RobertBodnarPhotos

Photos Taken October 2011 on Mission Trip with Samaritan's Purse and ...

Updated: Nov 26, 2013 5:56pm PST

<span style="color:skyblue">Olympic NP & Pacific Coast 2013 : Day Tripping and National Parks

Olympic NP & Pacific Coast 2013

Ethan Winning

Day Tripping and National Parks

Updated: Oct 29, 2013 1:22pm PST