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A walking stick rests on the handrail of an overlook platform at Missouri’s Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Why I Took These Shots

Information icon A walking stick rests on the handrail of an overlook platform at Missouri’s Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. (Photo: Ashley Riedel/USFWS)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Ashley Riedel enjoys photographing “the smaller, often unnoticed or misunderstood side of life.” In our story she reflects on a dozen of her favorite photos, including the one above.

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A black bear in a flowery meadow
Information icon American black bear at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. (Photo: Keith Ramos/USFWS)