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Jessica Decker
My name is Jessica Decker and I have lived in Elkhart all of my life. I grew up in a subdivision out in the country between Elkhart and Bristol. Growing up in the country gave me a love of nature and the outdoors. I have always loved being outside rather than inside. That is one thing that I have in common with my fiancé, Douglas Decker. Together we have six children – two are grown, and one daughter is in the Army. One of our favorite things to do is go on little adventures around our area and take a lot of pictures. I have been given an amazing opportunity to blog for our hometown newspaper The Elkhart Truth and share some of these pictures of the nature in our area that I love so much. I am very excited. I hope that everyone enjoys seeing my pictures, our little adventures and the beauty that I see in Elkhart.

A nature lover's weekend outdoors

Jessica Decker, our nature photography blogger, shared her photos of wildlife taken around Elkhart County.

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 4:48 p.m.

These are a few pictures of our weekend in nature. All of my pictures will be local. If I find something neat to share and it's not in our area, I will definitely post it and let everyone know where it's taken. Sometimes I will state specific areas and sometimes I won't. I think that both ways might help people to get out and explore the beauty in our area that they aren't used to looking for. Sometimes you see places day after day, and something may not catch one’s attention unless you look at it in a different way. When we were watching the bald eagles in our neighborhood during fall and winter we would see the same people walking or jogging by repeatedly and not even knowing that they were so close to a bald eagle. In our area (Elkhart) you can find and see so many amazing beautiful things that some people just don't have time to notice. You can take a country drive, walk your neighborhood, local parks, or even just sit in your backyard to enjoy nature and wildlife. Sitting in my yard is one of my favorite relaxing things to do, even at night. Stargazing is a part of nature and until a few years ago I didn't realize how many meteor showers that we can actually see. There are also some cute, and some not-so-cute critters that come out at night. They are still enjoyable to watch, preferably at a distance for me. Sometimes it's amazing what's around us if we take the time to stop and notice. I hope that you enjoy my pictures.


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