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Aux Arcs, a name that apparently came from the French exploring the region in the late 1600 s and early 1700 s. Translated loosely, Aux Arcs was a place of hills or bows . One interpretation is that the name came from a French pioneer expression Aux Arkansas , literally meaning To the Arkansas Mountains . The region was part of what became the Louisiana Purchase, settled by other Europeans, and the name slowly changed to the Ozarks . Geologically the Ozarks is a broad dome of eroded limestone roughly 47,000 square miles consisting of the St. Francois Mountains, the Salem Plateau, the Springfield Plateau and the Boston Mountains. It covers around one third to one half of Missouri, the upper western region of Arkansas and extends into the northeast corner of Oklahoma. It is a region well watered with clear spring-fed streams with many grist mills, hardwood oak and hickory forests intermixed with yellow pine groves. Due to its karst geology, it has many caves.
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My relationship with the Ozarks began 61 years ago in Almartha, Missouri, a tiny hamlet between Ava and Gainesville in Ozark County where my parents lived when I was born. They were both native Ozarkians. I have never left although we moved to Springfield, Missouri, further north in the Ozarks, when I was nine. I grew up with so many first cousins (the offspring of13 aunts and uncles) that there was always someone to help explore the outdoors. We spent many Sundays at dinner with the grandparents. Both sets lived on farms. I guess I always assumed the outdoor theater I lived and played in would never change. I married when I was 18, had two great sons, divorced at 25, remarried at 31 and had another great son and have been married 30 years. During this time I pursued a career in architecture, retiring two years ago to realize my other dreams. I began exploring photography when my second wife and I bought a Pentax ME with money we got as a wedding present from my boss. I got serious about photography around 15 years ago when I bought a used Nikon F3 with all the works. I have graduated to a Nikon D70s and a Nikon D300. My serious photography began as a way to document the many hiking, canoeing, and camping trips we took. Sometime in this process the photography became the primary reason for the trips. I joined the Southwest Missouri Camera Club, The Springfield Visual Arts Alliance and the Springfield Regional Arts Council where I have had success competing in their juried shows. You will likely see some of my exhibits on the First Friday Art Walk in Springfield. The Ozarks is a mystical place for me. I try to convey that mysticism in my photographs and poetry. I find that photography has heightened my senses. I now notice the shape of a leaf, the glint and mirrored reflection of water droplets on grass, the sinuous shape of water sculpted rock, and the changing interplay of light and shadow on these and all objects. I am now much more aware of my oneness with all of nature. My reasons for publishing this book are many, but the primary reason is to heighten the awareness of the viewers by encouraging them to step outside, look and observe the wonders and drama of the natural world and to begin to realize his or her role in the never-ending cycle of nature.
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Book Description JEC Publishing Co, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0982480121