From Xplor for Kids
April 2010 Issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Raindrop Magic

Publish Date

Apr 01, 2010

Rain came down. The St. Francis River rose, and so did the water in photographer Dave Stonner’s boots. His rain jacket was soaked through. “It’s like standing in the shower,” he thought as he hiked through the mud at Millstream Gardens Conservation Area. But for Dave, the sound of rain trickling through the leaves as the fog rolled in was just part of the adventure.

“Rain makes the outdoors magical,” says Dave. Dust on the leaves is washed away, making colors brighter. Harsh shadows disappear. Rocks glisten in the soft light. He wanted to take advantage of that magic to show the beauty of Tiemann Shutins. Shut-ins are areas in streams where rocks restrict the flow of the water, creating small waterfalls.

When Dave reached the shutins, the rain stopped. He used a slow shutter speed, which keeps the camera lens open longer. This technique makes the water look as if it is flowing.

You, too, can hike and take photos at conservation areas—rain or shine. Millstream Gardens is near Fredericktown in southeast Missouri. To find an area near you, go to

Also in this issue

You Discover

With fish to catch, turkeys to hunt and mushrooms to find, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do in April and May. To help, here’s a list of Missouri’s best outdoor activities for you to discover.

My Outdoor Adventure

Good shot, Caleb!” Scott Williams held up his son’s target.

Born to be Wild

Wild parents know what’s best for their babies.

Backyard Buffet

Animals that catch and eat other animals are called predators. Not all predators are big. Some, like robins, are small. To see small predators, you don’t have to travel far. Keep your eyes peeled during the day, and you might find these pintsized predators using your backyard for a buffet.

Which Bird, Which Egg?

Just like birds, eggs come in many sizes, shapes and colors.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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