Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Posted on Aug 10, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go | 1 comment

My college roommate and I have a kind of ‘tradition’ where we climb a mountain or do some kind of wilderness activity, generally every other year or so.  Even after we’ve both married and had families, our wives have continued to be supportive of our occasional adventures so we’ve managed to keep it going. Usually we’ll fly to another part of the country, though sometimes we opt to enjoy some of the scenic wilderness here in Missouri. This time...

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Sandstone Trail

Sandstone Trail

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Photography, Places I Go, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Stephy suggested I do a hike or something for fathers day. So I took the opportunity to get in some “training” for an upcoming backpacking trip. After tossing around several ideas, I finally set out for Prairie State Park, armed with my 17-40mm wide angle lens and a backpack full of unnecessary baggage, just to help get me into shape! I have been wanting to visit this park during the summer when wildflowers are in bloom, but the prairie is notoriously lacking in...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in Featured, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 1 comment

We went to the Smoky Mountains, a national park that I have oddly enough never visited.  Being winter, I wasn’t sure if there would be a ton of great photo opportunities, since the Smokies are somewhat similar to the Ozarks in that winter is a time with a lot of drab brown and grey color.  But it was still beautiful and we enjoyed some great hikes! Here we are taking the typical entrance sign photo.   We stopped at a roadside turnout to checkout a waterfall area...

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The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 in Featured, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

The last month or so has brought quite a bit of much needed rain to the area, though not much in the way of storms.  Which is generally a good thing, although I do enjoy a good storm! Yesterday evening there was a surprise storm that visited the farm. It wasn’t severe, but it did provide some decent photo opportunities! I generally photograph storms over the large field to the north of the house, but this storm approached us from the south, so I shot towards the west....

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Fall Comes and Goes

Fall Comes and Goes

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Featured, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

I’ve been crazy busy this fall, and much of this year it seems, and haven’t been able to do a ton of nature photography. But I’ve managed to take a few shots here and there. Fall is always my favorite time of the year to be outside. The air is cool, but not yet cold, and the trees are ablaze in a full spectrum of colors. While I’ll admit that fall foliage in Missouri may not be quite as vibrant as our New England counterparts, perhaps due to our...

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Fall Kayaking

Fall Kayaking

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 in Day / Weekend Trips, Featured, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

With the cool weather marking the end of the leisurely floating season I was able to make one last kayaking run before the colder weather sets in. A friend from college joined me for the two day trip – the first time I’ve ever packed all my gear and camped along the river. Which presented some extra logistical challenges, but nothing we couldn’t handle. It’s been a few years since I’ve done a fall float, but I quickly remembered why it’s...

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