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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Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 2 comments

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in the Smoky Mountains.  It’s my second visit to the area so I’ve started to learn a lot more about this interesting and beautiful area.  Like the Ozarks, the Smokies change dramatically with the seasons. I’ve only seen the Smokies in winter, so I am sure it would be interesting to see another season when the deciduous trees aren’t bare.  Many people may not think of winter as a time to hike, but...

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in Day / Weekend Trips, Photography, Places I Go | 1 comment

Sometimes I am reminded that Missouri, while not a national mecca for scenery and tourism, is actually quite a playground for those who appreciate nature.  This past weekend was one of those experiences.  We took a mini trip to a new state park called Echo Bluff, which is adjacent to the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  ONSR is a national park that many people do not realize is a national park in Missouri. The main attraction here is paddling opportunities on the Current...

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Fall (Kind Of)

Fall (Kind Of)

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in Joplin/4-States, Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

I haven’t blogged or posted any photography in what seems like forever!  Life has been exceptionally busy the last few months, but mostly in a good way!  Last Sunday I was able to set aside a few hours and drag my kayak down to the creek for a quiet solo trip down to Stones Corner.  When I planned it I was really envisioning a cool fall day in the 60s with bright fall foliage but it seems summer just isn’t ready to go away just yet. Which was fine, it made the...

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Lights in the Night

Lights in the Night

Posted on May 13, 2016 in Photography, Rural America | 0 comments

Here is a photo I took the other night as some storms were slowly creeping their way towards the farm.  Often times when storms are coming it’s cloudy, but in this case the sky was completely clear so it provided an interesting opportunity to photograph lightning with a starry sky.  After hiking out into the field, I also discovered that the fireflies were out, so that added another component of interest! Stars, lightning, and fireflies – the trifecta of natural...

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Elk Mountain

Elk Mountain

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Day / Weekend Trips, Photography | 0 comments

For a long time I’ve been wanting to take Emma on a mountain climb. So this year I decided to stop thinking about it and just do it, and we invited my dad and Steph’s dad to go with us.  I wanted something fairly difficult, with a good view, but not any severe exposure along the trail. Missouri has a near endless supply of scenic hiking, but the nature of the terrain means there aren’t a lot of isolated high points (it’s mostly ridges and deep...

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