The Lake

I have always had a love affair with the great outdoors. I used to spend my summers in Tampa with family and it gave me ample opportunity to experience it, especially with my Uncle Paul and Aunt Gladys. Their home was nestled behind an orange grove just off of Gunn Highway in Odessa Florida, set against the backdrop of a beautiful body of water, aptly named Lake Calm. I have many
wonderful memories of this place, of fishing, swimming and just experiencing nature in such a way that would rival the adventures of ole Huck Finn himself.

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Okeefenokee Joe


I cant think of anyone who taught our children (and us) more about wildlife than this man. More than half a century after landing on the country music scene and more than three and a half decades since he answered a new call on his life, Okefenokee Joe continues to do “God’s work”, teaching our children about the wonders of the wild that we so often take for granted. Many have called him an enthusiast and others, a conservationist. I’m sure O’ Joe is all of those things and more, but to countless folks throughout the southeast, young and old alike, he is a Georgia icon that represents the very best of what America has to offer.

Visit his website at http://www.okefenokeejoe.com/home.cfm

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Taxidermy Quality

Carl Akeley

Taxidermy is often misunderstood, yet, it has long been the principle storyteller of our natural history. In Zoological and Natural History museums throughout the world from Copenhagen and London to the Smithsonian National Museum  in Washington, DC, taxidermists are among the most valued and respected of tradesmen in the curators staff.  Over the course of the last few centuries, taxidermy has evolved considerably from its crude beginnings where preserved skins were literally “stuffed” with cotton, straw or sawdust to achieve nothing more than a vague resemblance to their original form. Pioneers in the early 20th century such as Carl Akeley and Leon Pray established new standards in Taxidermy effectively merging art and science. Continue Reading >