Caught in the Camera Eye

Written by Mike Clifford

Caught inrepparttar Camera Eye By: Mike Clifford a Production of: HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com

I recently received an interesting question in a photography email group that I subscribe to, and felt compelled to share it with fellow Notebook readers. It read basically like this: ?I am interested in knowing what purposes all of you feel photography serves. In other words, what place in your heart does photography fill?? A rather simple question at first glance- or so I thought. As I began to sort outrepparttar 139206 reasons I enjoy photographingrepparttar 139207 outdoors, it occurred to me thatrepparttar 139208 camera in itself is one ofrepparttar 139209 most powerful tools we have at our disposal when it comes to preserving our country?s natural heritage. The inspiration that photography provides in people makes it a medium unlike any other. Whether you decide to share your works with friends and family or broadcast them far and wide,repparttar 139210 fact remains that our natural areas are indeed being preserved in one way or another.

In researching for this article, I came across a fascinating story ofrepparttar 139211 Gordon River in Tasmania. A photographer byrepparttar 139212 name of Peter Dombrovskis captured an image of what is known as ?Rock Island Bend? (Check outrepparttar 139213 ?Conservation Corner Online? forum on HeartlandOutdoorsmanCom for a glimpse of this remarkable photo, as it is truly amazing!). Asrepparttar 139214 story goes, it was decided that a dam should be built to harnessrepparttar 139215 power ofrepparttar 139216 river, and public outcry quickly ensued. This one single frame became an important symbol ofrepparttar 139217 fight to saverepparttar 139218 river, because it depictedrepparttar 139219 wild untamed beauty of this ecologically significant waterway and people instantly embraced it while coordinating their efforts. Not everyone goes out withrepparttar 139220 camera to use it as a tool for conservation, obviously?but sometimes we overlook how important sharing these memories can be, andrepparttar 139221 residual benefits that often go unseen. Rememberrepparttar 139222 old adage ?Take only memories...Leave only footprints?? The next time you are out and about,repparttar 139223 focus of this article will become much more evident while keeping that thought in mind.

For yet another reason to bringrepparttar 139224 camera along with you in your outdoors adventures, consider that it?s one ofrepparttar 139225 best things you can have in your possession when scouting for future fishing ?hot spots? on our local rivers and streams. Instead of feeling disgruntled inrepparttar 139226 middle of a major dry period, take advantage ofrepparttar 139227 fact thatrepparttar 139228 water levels are low.

Utilizing the Tools We Are Given

Written by Mike Clifford/HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com

Utilizingrepparttar Tools We Are Given By: Mike Clifford HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com (Reproduce with hotlink intact)

The most comprehensive books ever assembled for understandingrepparttar 139205 ecology of Illinois' Natural Resources are available to each and every one of us by sending one simple email! The Dept. of Natural Resources provides these through a project calledrepparttar 139206 Critical Trends Assessment Program, withrepparttar 139207 manuals serving as inventories ofrepparttar 139208 resources encompassing many regions and watersheds throughoutrepparttar 139209 state. A list ofrepparttar 139210 areas covered is listed below. You should find your favorite fishing hole covered, without a doubt. Most ofrepparttar 139211 following watershed assessments consist of a four-volume report coveringrepparttar 139212 area's geology, water resources, living resources, socio-economic profile, and environmental quality. Most include a color summary report, and several also provide a historical account ofrepparttar 139213 area's ecology:

Big Muddy River Cache River Calumet Area Chicago River/Lake Shore (11 mb acrobat) Driftless Area DuPage River Embarras River Fox River Headwaters Illinois Big Rivers Illinois River Bluffs Kankakee River Kaskaskia River Kinkaid Area Kishwaukee River LaMoine River Lower Des Plaines Lower Rock River Lower Sangamon River Mackinaw River Prairie Parklands Sinkhole Plain Spoon River Sugar-Pecatonica Rivers Thorn Creek Upper Des Plaines River Upper Rock River Upper Sangamon River Vermilion (Wabash River basin) Vermilion River (Illinois River Basin)

One ofrepparttar 139214 most fascinating aspects of these manuals is that they allow us to comparerepparttar 139215 forage of various watersheds, and recognizerepparttar 139216 stark differences from one region torepparttar 139217 next. By utilizingrepparttar 139218 internet, we are able to apply this knowledge to our fishing experiences by simply comparing images of various types of forage and using baits that match this natural prey accordingly. For instance,repparttar 139219 predominant type of crayfish in one watershed is not necessarilyrepparttar 139220 same as another, due to differences in bottom contents ofrepparttar 139221 stream, for example a hard substrate versus a soft one. I have illustrated some of these differences and comparisons onrepparttar 139222 HeartlandOutdoorsman.Com website in a topic named "Know Your Forage"- .take a look, and you'll see more clearly how this works.

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