From Xplor for Kids
February 2010 Issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Ice on Bison

Publish Date

Feb 01, 2010

A storm covered southwest Missouri in 10 inches of ice. “Perfect,” said Wildlife Photographer Nop Paothong. A snowy, winter day was just what he wanted to photograph bison at Prairie State Park west of Lamar. Bison used to roam Missouri’s prairies, but now you can see them only on private ranches and in this state park.

Nop used a telephoto lens to zoom in on the massive animals, such as this one shaking snow off its head. Although bison can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, they are agile and can run up to 30 miles per hour. Nop wasn’t worried about them getting too close. He and the bison were having trouble walking on the slick, frozen ground.

Nop covered the lens with a neoprene cover to keep off the ice and snow. His down parka kept him warm. Every time he moved his arms, ice on his sleeves shattered like glass. In spite of the harsh wind and temperatures below zero, Nop shot photos for 10 hours a day for three days. See more cool photos at

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You Discover

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Wild Jobs: Burn Boss Tom Jingst

Tom Jingst has one of the hottest jobs in the world. He’s a burn boss, the leader of a crew that starts and puts out fires.

My Outdoor Adventure

Lightning split the sky. Thunder shook the car. “Dad,” Erica yelled over the pounding rain, “maybe we should turn back.

Love is in the Air

Chocolates, flowers, mushy cards—people go to a lot of trouble to impress their Valentines. That’s nothing, though, compared with some of the weird, wacky—even romantic things wild animals do to attract a mate.

Nature Wakes Up

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Xplor More: Make a Bird Feeder

Help out some hungry birds. Build a pine cone bird feeder.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
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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