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The View From Above

February 22, 2009 at 09:46 PM

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There is a reason aerial photographs have so much appeal. First, they take us places and show us things from perspectives we normally don’t see.

Second, the provide a lot of additional information in the form of context or scale. Nothing gives the size and scope of a project better than an aerial photo.

The photograph at the top of the page shows the re-emerging Thompson and Flag Lakes at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve near Havana. The picture is especially interesting when one considers that the contours of the lake beds remain after more than 80 years of intensive tillage and agriculture. The site was farmed since the area was drained in the 1920s.

The picture below is slightly different. It was taken from a bluff above the Mississippi River flood plain. It’s not the same as an aerial, but it still gives that omniscient view of reconstructed wetlands and the American white pelicans that stopped to enjoy them.

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