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Bell Museum of Natural History > Bell Museum: May in the Big Woods by Tom Nelson

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Tom Nelson Tom Nelson
Explore score
0.66 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 18, 2011
Date taken
Feb 14, 2011

Canon PowerShot G10


At Clear Lake in south-central Minnesota, early May is a crucial time for plants and animals. Wildflowers have only a few days to bloom and be pollinated before the hardwood canopy fills in, shutting off the sunlight. Warblers and other songbirds are just arriving from their wintering grounds in the Caribbean, Central America, and even the jungles of South America. Some will nest here; others will move on to more northerly breeding grounds.

Clear Lake, near the town of Waseca, Minnesota, sits at the edge of a great hardwood forest known at the time of European settlement as "The Big Woods." Named for the immense size of its trees, the woods covered over 3,000 square miles of south-central Minnesota. It sheltered a wide variety of animals. After 150 years of settlement, the big carnivores are gone and the woods have been reduced to a few scattered woodlots.

The foreground of this diorama is by John Jarosz. The plant models are by Ruth Self and Dorothy Mierow. Francis Lee Jaques (pronounced "JAY-kwees") painted the background. This diorama is a gift from Edward A. Everett.
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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0804 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 658 megapixels (39260 x 16780 pixels)
Input images: 84 (12 columns by 7 rows)
Field of view: 128.5 degrees wide by 54.9 degrees high (top=23.7, bottom=-31.2)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-02-14 09:33:48 - 2011-02-14 09:54:17
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1.3
ISO: 80
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 51.6 mm (+ 64 unknown)
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 27.6 to 36.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 30.0 to 37.5 percent
Computer stats: 8192 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 30:05 (21 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 5:09, Projection: 3:40, Blending: 21:16
(Preview finished in 16:37)

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