Trudy E. Bell, M.A.
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Craig B. Waff, Ph.D., 1946-2012
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Wildflowers of the southwest
Human costs of fracking
The secret life of insects
Victoria, Australia
Death Valley
Ohio River floodwall murals
NASA's new airborne observatory SOFIA
Bicycling the C&O Canal towpath
Weather and atmospheric optics
Portrait photography
Black and white film photography
Science Education Summit
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Some 7,000 feet of floodwalls on both sides of the Ohio River in four states have been transformed into vivid windows into a scene beyond or back in time, thanks to the talents of cadres of artists. Three-quarters of the murals painted by just one man, Louisiana muralist Robert Dafford, who paints historical scenes with such three-dimensional freshness that you feel you can step right into the action. Since 2007, I have photographed all the murals in 13 cities in five states; a dozen of the images have been published in Ohio magazine "Concrete Canvases" (story at ) and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (story at ).

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