From Xplor for Kids
October 2010 Issue

Photos With Nop & Dave: Fall Color at Hickory Canyons

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2010

Dave Stonner shot this photo of colorful fall trees at Hickory Canyons Natural Area near Farmington. You can take great fall photos, too. Just follow Dave’s advice:

  • Shoot on a cloudy day. Dave says colors seem richer when the sky is overcast. Bright sunlight creates harsh shadows.
  • Look for contrast. The red leaves in Dave’s photo pop against the background of green. He says orange leaves look great with a blue sky, and purple and yellow look nice together, too.
  • Get up early. Dave makes many photos during the “golden hours,” those times in the early morning and late afternoon when the sun bathes everything in gorgeous golden light.
  • Explore. Don’t take one shot and call it a day. Dave shot hundreds of photos at Hickory Canyons, including sweeping scenics of an entire hillside and a close-up of a single red leaf on a bed of fuzzy moss.
  • Change perspective. Dave says humans are used to seeing everything from 4 to 6 feet off the ground. To make your photos stand out, lie on your back and shoot up through the trees for a bug’s-eye view. Or, climb atop a bluff for a bird’s perspective. That’s what Dave did for this shot, and it turned out nicely, don’t you think?

Also in this issue

You Discover

With birds migrating south, leaves changing color and hunting seasons gearing up, there’s plenty for you to discover in October and November. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Snake Charmer Jeff Briggler

Jeff dives headfirst into nearly everything. He overflows with curiosity about nature, especially animals that give some folks the creeps.

My Outdoor Adventure

For weeks, twins Ashton and Nina Smith had gone to the shooting range to practice firing their dad’s deer rifle. When deer season came around, they could hit the center of the target every time.

Missouri's Creepiest Creatures

Some creatures make folks shriek “Eeek!” Maybe it’s their hairraising appearance or the way they scurry, skitter or slither.


Got snot? Of course you do. Your nose makes enough every day to fill a soda bottle. And, that’s a good thing.

Foggy Forest

A foggy fall forest might seem spooky, but there's nothing to fear. Sit quietly against a tree, and you'll be surprised by what you'll see.

Xplor More: Make a Milkweed Bracelet

Not long ago, nature was a grocery store, pharmacy and hardware shop all rolled into one.

This Issue's Staff:

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

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