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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Roaring River

Roaring River

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 in Daily Grind, Day / Weekend Trips, Photography, Rural America | 1 comment

Some of my favorite days for hiking are the sunny, warmish days we occasionally have during the winter.  Although there isn’t typically a lot of color, I find the bare, neutral tone forest very relaxing.  Plus it’s very quiet, other than maybe the sound of the breeze. One of our favorite places to hike nearby is Roaring River.  We’ve been there a thousand times but I always enjoy it, especially now that the girls are old enough that I don’t have to...

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Climbing Mt. Leconte

Climbing Mt. Leconte

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go | 2 comments

One of my goals for our trip to the Smokies was to find some time and climb a mountain.  It’s been several years since I have had the satisfaction of summiting a noteworthy peak, so I was feeling long overdue for such a thing.  After researching various options and weighing numerous factors such as proximity to where we were staying, length of hike, views and sights along the trail, I finally decided on Mt. Leconte.  There are many different ways to reach the summit...

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