Caught in the Camera EyeWritten by Mike Clifford
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By snapping photos of shoreline habitat at this point, you can look back on them during high water and you?ll know exactly where to pitch that perfect cast for those fish looking to get out of current. The brushpiles, weedbeds and boulders are more than likely still there and you will now have knowledge at hand to target them quickly and efficiently! Think about it. Unfortunately, there are other obvious aspects of outdoors that are not as pleasant for us to cherish as memories of our experience on any given day. The time may come when you happen upon circumstances that are likely to cause great harm to your favorite watershed, and your camera now becomes that all-important tool again in preserving it?albeit from a much different perspective that what we?ve already discussed here. Pollution, poaching, illegal dumping and a myriad of other illegal acts are perpetrated against our natural resources continually, as much as we hate to recognize them or to give them a second thought. In this case, you become witness, while your camera produces evidence, and many times you are only person around that will ever see a specific event happening. Let?s hope these occurrences are exception rather than norm in your travels, but keep it in back of your mind that opportunity exists to help bring resolution to problem. In getting back to finer points of photographing outdoors, be sure to visit HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com for your chance at some great prizes in SPRING PHOTO CONTEST. Every photo posted among various Photography Forums will automatically be entered and judged. Need FREE hosting for your submittals? We can provide you with that as well. As Spring brings a new awakening to ?all things wild? in our area, we look forward to viewing your submittals, as there are more than likely some remarkable shots in your camera as you read this! As space is limited in an article of this sort, you can learn much more about capturing great outdoors on film or in a digital format by reading numerous articles on website. Plenty of Tips and Tricks have been submitted by amateurs and professionals alike, so feel free to share your own or simply browse what others have written.
Until next time: ?Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into heart of night.? ~Rainer Maria Rilke
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Utilizing the Tools We Are GivenWritten by Mike Clifford/HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com
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What I found most interesting about some of these manuals is historical accounts of various rivers and streams. Diaries of early explorers are portrayed in detail, and we realize just how difficult it was for our forefathers to live during that time period, knowing that if they were not stewards of land around them they would have a very tough time of it in long run. As for statistics and charts, there are more then you could ever ask for if you were to prepare a paper or make comparisons for purpose of a conservation project. Surely some of best case studies to be found anywhere. For those interested in geological composition of our state, descriptions and technical explanations will more than likely satisfy your interest quite capably as well. Shaded Relief and Land Cover maps round out a comprehensive set that any serious angler should not be without.
I sent a request for just a couple of watersheds initially, and quickly realized I needed to have all of them- so save yourself some time by just sending one Email and request all of them at once. Remember, they are paid for with Conservation 2000 money, so they are yours to enjoy, free of charge! Conservation 2000 is culmination of recommendations from CTAP, Illinois Conservation Congress, and Former Governor Edgar's Water Resources and Land Use Priorities Task Force. The CTAP recommendations came out of its 1994 report on state of Illinois environment. CTAP investigators inventoried and analyzed existing environmental, ecological, and economic data to establish baseline conditions from which future changes in ecological conditions might be measured.
Good luck, and be sure to let us know on website when you get these, how you are utilizing them and how you like them. I'm willing to bet that you'll be wondering why you hadn't ordered them sooner! The CTAP manuals described here can be ordered by following URL listed below: http://dnr.state.il.us/orep/c2000/assessments/ OR, by sending an Email to following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time, I'll leave you with this: "No one person has to do it all but if each one of us follow our heart and our own inclinations we will find small things that we can do to create a sustainable future and a healthy environment". - John Denver
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