Kids in Nature Photo Contest Monthly Winners
These are the winners of the MDC Kids in Nature Photo Contest. The contest is now closed. However, all entries can be viewed at our Kids in Nature group page: www.flickr.com/groups/mdc-kids-in-nature. All of the monthly winners will appear in the January 2014 issue of the Conservationist Magazine.
Scott Ziegler took this photo of his 7 year-old-grandson, Ben LaMontagne shooting a bow for the first time at their property near Owensville. “He can’t wait to join me and his mom deer hunting on our property,” said Ziegler. The entire family lives in St. Louis County, but the family visits the country property as often as possible. Ziegler said LaMontagne loves to visit the property to go fishing.
Photo by Scott Ziegler
Diana Hughes captured this photo of her 2-year-old charge, Evan Dale Edwards, playing in the leaves on one of their many walks in Blue Springs, Missouri. Hughes is “Grandma” Diana to Edwards, and watches him during the day while his parents, Kerri and John Edwards, of Lee’s Summit, are at work. “We both enjoy going on walks together, and we especially enjoy our trips to Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area and Nature Center,” said Hughes. “There, Evan enjoys the snakes, fish, turtles and activities in the center, along with a nice walk on the nature trail.” Hughes said Edwards and his family enjoy camping, and that he enjoys nature hikes, collecting rocks, and riding his bike and tractor. Hughes said her family also enjoys hiking and camping throughout Missouri.
Photo by Diana Hughes
Vallorie Francis took this photo of her son, Trusten, flying a kite on their farm in Edgerton, MO. Francis said this was the first kite for Trusten, who is the second youngest of Francis' seven children. "He was so excited on that windy day to fly his first kite, because his younger brother was taking a nap and his older siblings weren't home from school, yet," said Francis. "That meant he had it all to himself for a couple of hours." Francis said Trusten has always been an outdoor boy. "He can usually be found outside, in a mud puddle or a dirt pile," Said Francis. "As a family, we go mushroom hunting in the spring, bike riding, fishing and keep big gardens."
Photo by Vallorie Francis
Kent Keitner of Galena, Missouri took this photo of his grandson, Levi Keitner, holding his first fish. Levi caught the fish on the James River during his first, ever, fishing trip. “While his dad, our son, was getting things ready to start fishing, Levi cast his line and immediately started reeling it in,” said Keitner. “His dad was shocked when Levi came up with his first fish!” Keitner said that Levi and his sisters love playing in and around the creek that flows behind Keitners house and: “doing just about anything outdoors.”
Photo by Kent Keitner
Rich Carter submitted this image of his neighbor's son, Brett Lohmeyer, blowing out a marshmallow at a backyard campfire.
Mauri Truesdell took this photo of her granddaughter, Elsie Kresse, age 8, showing a young turtle to her Truesdell’s other granddaughter, Jade Kresse, age 3. After studying the turtle for a short time, it was released into suitable and safe habitat. “My family and I all enjoy outdoor activities,” said Truesdell. “We are a multi-generational family living together in Washington, Missouri. We live just a few blocks away from the Missouri River and spend lots of time at the riverfront.” Truesdell said they have participated in river cleanups and have planted trees along the riverfront trail.
Photo by Mauri Truesdell
Robyn Gibbs took this picture of her two-year-old daughter, Ravyn, photographing flowers in Foristell, Missouri. "She loves being outdoors camping, rock hunting, and especially hiking," said Gibbs. She said her family loves outdoor adventures and exploring Missouri's natural beauty. "I love taking pictures," said Gibbs, "and I was astonished to see her interest in photography at such a young age."
Photo by Robyn Gibbs.
Rebecca Bunn took this photo of her two-year-old daughter, Nora, expressing excitement over a caterpillar found in their backyard in Hillsboro, Missouri. Nora’s brother, Carter, looks on. “The caterpillars were a daily nature study for our family in the spring,” said Bunn. “We enjoy exploring the wonders of our backyard, watching birds at birdfeeders, finding turtles under bushes and listening to woodpeckers pound away on trees. I love sharing nature with my kids, especially at this age. Through their eyes, I really appreciate how something so simple can inspire such awe and inspiration.”
Jill Williams took this photo of her husband, Chad, helping her son, Gage, tie a lure on his fishing line, while trout fishing at Bennett Springs State Park. “We usually go camping and fishing at Bennett Springs a couple of times a year,” said Williams. Williams reports that Gage caught several trout that day. “Our family loves the outdoors,” said Williams. “We like to go camping, fishing, hunting and floating. Gage’s favorite outdoor activity is exploring the outdoors with his dog, Gunner.”
Titus Pridemore holds an antler shed he found in a small food plot near his Boone County home. "I had discovered the shed antler in this small food plot a few days after Christmas Day," said Titus's dad, Todd Pridemore. "But, I left it where it was so one of my boys could have the fun of discovering it for themselves." Todd Pridemore said the entire family enjoys spending time in the woods hunting deer, turkey and squirrels. "Titus and his older brothers, Josh and Andrew, all enjoy catching fish in the small pond in front of our house," said Todd Pridemore.