From Xplor for Kids
December 2010 Issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Frozen Moments

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2010

It takes an extreme photographer to capture extreme wildlife. Fortunately, Nop Paothong has the eye of an eagle and the stubbornness of a Missouri mule. Follow Nop’s advice to take great eagle photos.

Chill Out—Nop says the colder, the better. “Really cold,” he emphasizes. Missouri is a popular winter stop for bald eagles, so when temperatures plummeted below freezing, Nop hurried to Clarksville, a town along the Mississippi River. There, he was astounded to find more than 700 eagles busy feeding. Although his camera was soon encased in ice and ice crystals kept freezing his eyes shut, Nop’s thick down jacket allowed him to keep shooting photographs.

Stay Cool—Taking great photos takes patience and plenty of shots. Eagles can dive at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. When they’re feeding, prepare for quick movements. Nop’s patience netted the photo you see here, as a female quickly gulped down a fish and leapt into flight from an ice floe.

Nop photographed eagles for three weeks straight, shooting more than 10,000 photos. Later he edited those down to about 2,000 keepers. Nop is serious about taking great wildlife pictures—he’s worn out the shutter in his camera twice!

To see more of Nop’s photos, go to

Also in this issue

You Discover

Get out to discover nature coming and going. Here are a few ideas to keep you outside in December and January.

My Outdoor Adventure

Snowflakes fluttered down as the Krumm family launched their canoes into the Current River.

Let's Go Rabbit Hunting!

Earlier that morning, Kelsey and her sister, Lindsey Jo, pull on their rabbit-hunting clothes. Rabbits love briars and brambles. To avoid getting chewed up, the girls tug on thick jeans and boots.

The 8 "Ates"

How do animals tolerate the winter weather that refrigerates the Show-Me State? Humans can relocate to cozy homes and wait for temperat ures to moderate. Wild critters aren’t so fortunate. It’s their fate to operate in winter’s freezing climate. But, wait. Animals have eight great traits to help them compensate.

Outdoor Christmas

Check out these holiday goodies to get you outside.

Xplor More: It's Time to Make Snow Ice Cream

Need a good way to refuel after a long day of playing in the snow? Make some snow cream. Just follow the recipe below to make this easy, yummy treat.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
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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