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Voted “Favorite Outdoor Artist or Photographer” of the year

August 11th, 2011 5 comments

River Hills Traveler readers voted me as “Favorite Outdoor Artist or Photographer” of the year.

Based in Piedmont, Missouri, the River Hills Traveler is a monthly newsletter that mostly covers the eastern Ozarks.  It focuses on Missouri’s beautiful outdoors through various activities, including fishing, canoeing, hunting and wildlife-watching.

They wrote a nice story about me.

“Noppadol Paothong captures the essence of whatever he photographs.

Actually, that is an understatement. “Nop” is an outdoor photographer for the Missouri Department of Conservation, whose sharp images of even the tiniest parts of creatures make a person see how intricate nature can be, for nature’s own sake.

“My photos appear on a monthly magazine, Missouri Conservationist,” he writes. “They are a showcase of Missouri wildlife and natural resources.” Another place you can find his images is online at www.nopnatureimages.com.

It’s easy to see from the images why our readers would pick this 15-year veteran wildlife photographer. In addition to images that are technically excellent, Nop tries to capture the personality, or the essence, of whatever he photographs. The quizzical attitude of a fox. The grace of a soaring bird. The majesty and changeable weather of the prairie.

“I specialize in rare and endangered species,” he said. “For the past 10 years I’ve been working on a photo book titled “Save the Last Dance: a story of North American Grassland Grouse.” On his website, Nop tells of being mesmerized while taking pictures of prairie
chickens, and how he hopes his book will help save them.

More recently, he conducted a Facebook auction of some of his prints, as well as a chance to spend a day in the field learning photography from him – with the proceeds benefiting the Joplin tornado victims.

He’s a winner in more ways than one.”

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Longest-lived insect in North America – Periodical Cicadas

August 3rd, 2011 2 comments

From mid May to June, millions of Cicadas appeared in central Missouri. They are called “Periodical Cicadas.”

Here are some facts about these periodical cicadas.
The periodical cicada is a native North American species. It is the longest-lived insect in North America. They are widely distributed over the eastern half of the United States and occur nowhere else in the world.

It might have been a nuisance to some people. But their life story is simply amazing – spend 13 or 17 years underground as silent, solitary juveniles and emerge by the millions all at the same time. How do they survive such a long time underground? How do they know when to come out? How do they communicate with each other to emerge at the same time? So many are unknown to us.

For me, it was an impressive sight to see as millions of cicadas emerging from the ground and making such a loud sound all synchronized. It took several attempts to photograph their process of shedding skin. Apparently some were stronger than others. So some made it out of their skin in an hour so, but some never made it out. Also these cicadas were unbelievably loud that I had to use earplugs while photographing them.

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