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Ashleigh Yoder: Natural Photographer

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in her own words

Passion Bloom

Passion Bloom

"My parents instilled a love for nature in me that I want to share with the world. I want people to see the beauty of nature that I see, and in-turn be inspired to preserve it for the next generation."


Fall Mushroom

Fall Mushroom

As a little girl in Nixa, Ashleigh Yoder remembers watching Marty Stouffer’s Wild America on TV with her father, "just soaking up all the amazing beauty of nature caught on film. We would go camping, hiking, and canoeing together as a family every chance we had." Now 26, married and living in Clever, the 2003 Nixa High School graduate has a Wildlife Conservation and Management degree from Missouri State University (’07).

Insight: A Giant Swallowtail

Insight: A Giant Swallowtail

"In 2009 I became a mother, and I quit my job to stay home with my daughter. She has motivated me to live my dream, and she is the reason I had the opportunity to start my own nature photography business."

NaturallyPhotography.com is her virtual studio, but she also presents her work at festivals, including Artsfest and the Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival, offering large prints on metal produced locally through Black River Imaging in Springfield. On Oct. 13-15, she will show her photos during the Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival in Arkansas.

Ashleigh Yoder

Ashleigh Yoder - Click her image to visit her Portfolio Website

 
Droplet

Droplet

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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