Okefenokee Swamp: A Very Special Place

A very special place, the Okefenokee Swamp offers so much, one could spend a lifetime and still not see and do everything. The Okefenoke is vast, with almost 402,000 acres (that’s roughly 300,000 football fields in size) of cypress forest, marsh, lakes, and islands. Filled with alligators, Sandhill cranes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and over 400 other […]

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Marvelous Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island

Near the mouth of Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island, provides a getaway atmosphere with attractions aimed at the family. Graced with all the necessities, Dauphin Island allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of more developed areas. Back in 1699 the French explorer Le Moyne d’Iberville landed on the island and started a […]

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Black-Water Country: Okefenokee Swamp

Imagine a place where unusual creatures swim through mirror-top waters and exotic plants sprout from floating islands. A place where thousands of creatures serenade the setting of the sun each day. Picture waters so dark and still that the surface seems to reflect images from another world, another time. It is a world more peaceful […]

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Stephen C. Foster State Park: Rich In History And Isolation

Stephen C. Foster State Park is a primary entrance to the legendary Okefenokee Swamp, a peat-filled wetland in the southeast corner of Georgia. Though the park is only about 120 acres, it is a prime access point to the 700 square mile Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and it’s most famous island―Billy’s Island. The name “Billy’s […]

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A Great Migration: Bosque del Apache

It was a frigid November morning at New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge where we had joined dozens of ardent wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts, lined up tripod-to-tripod and scope to scope, ready and waiting for the action to begin. We were standing on an observation platform called Flight Deck overlooking a network […]

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The Enchantment of New Mexico: San Antonio & Bosque del Apache

The Land of Enchantment, the state motto of New Mexico, is certainly an apt description of a state with diverse landscape and population. This is a state in which the air is crisp, the water fresh, and the people warm and friendly. We begin in New Mexico’s largest city, Albuquerque. Albuquerque and its suburbs have […]

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Magical Bosque Del Apache

There are many and varied reasons that New Mexico is known as the Land of Enchantment. High on that list, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is a gathering sanctuary for the denizens of the sky and those who passionately adore them. Bosque del Apache includes wetlands, farmlands, and riparian forests; and is considered one of […]

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Round ‘Em Up: The Ground Rumbles & The Dust Flies

In 1956 a small herd of bison was reintroduced into the park and has grown and has grown to the point where it has to be carefully managed. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls, and park crews drive the thundering herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Up to 20 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls are selected […]

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Dragonfly Festival

With its wide variety of habitats ranging from the Pecos River and saline sinkholes, to ponds, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to find dragonflies. Straddling the Pecos River the Refuge consists of an assortment of water habitats. Numerous seeps and free-flowing springs, oxbow lakes, marshes and shallow water impoundments, water-filled sinkholes, […]

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