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You don't know the Ozarks


You don’t know the Ozarks if you do not know blue water. You don’t know the Ozarks if you cannot imagine the aroma of the last native pines in the stifling July heat. You do not know the Ozarks if you think the land has always been preserved. It wasn’t. The hills were once denuded to make railroad ties. You don’t know the Ozarks if you think the turkeys in the woods are native. They aren’t. They are from Kentucky because we killed all of ours in the old days, as we did our deer. You don’t know the Ozarks if you do not know that monarchs love butterfly weed or the legend of the dogwood. You do not know the Ozarks if you have never sat in a john-boat. You do not know the Ozarks if you have never had a chigger or a cockle-bur or poison ivy. You do not know the Ozarks if you’ve never dipped your toes in cold spring water. You do not know the Ozarks if you think poor people with no access to the usurious fees of dentistry are funny. You don’t know the Ozarks if you think it would survive without state and federal protection. Because some lawyer would

build a block of $25-a-month storage units on the banks of the bluest waters as an investment, if you'd let him. I call this photograph Ozark Blues. Know the Ozarks this summer. Enjoy them, and protect them.

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