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FROM READERS: Derrick Fogle shares picture-a-day series of Flat Branch

April 3, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Derrick Fogle has taken a picture every day this year of the same spot at Flat Branch. This image is from Wednesday.

Derrick Fogle is known by some as Columbia's "Hack Man",  frequenting Liberty Plaza or Speakers Circle to put on a show with his footbags, boom box and camera. He works at MU as the Lead Audio Visual Systems Engineer and is a frequent commenter on the Missourian's website.

The Flat Branch Creek Picture a Day Series is designed to bring awareness to nature, the environment, and the health of Flat Branch specifically. Fire damage to the creek last year brought some interest to this subject, and I wanted to springboard off that to develop ongoing documentation on the creek.

I have always been a big fan of 'time lapse' photography. I've done time lapses of snowfalls, and of also of springtime "greening." I decided to expand the idea: to do a picture every day for a full year. I made it a New Year's Goal. While I grossly underestimated the amount of time and effort this project would take, I have been incredibly pleased with the results so far.

I have 3 sites I take "as close to the same" picture every day as possible. I publish Site 2's photo every day on Facebook and Twitter. I am pleased to release the first 3 months of my Site 1 series here for the Missourian. This is a shot of the quarry pool spillway, where the big turtle comes to eat mulberries every spring. In it you can see ice formation and snowmelt. Note there are 3 pictures for Feb. 21st, the day of the first big snowstorm. The 8 a.m. vs noon shot is incredible!

I hope you enjoy the Flat Branch Picture a Day series.

Scroll through the photos below to see changes over time for the first three months of 2013 at Flat Branch Creek.

If you can't see the slideshow embedded below, or if you want to see the photos labeled with the day they were taken, view the slideshow on Flickr.

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