MISSOURI BEAUTY BIG SPRINGS IN VAN BUREN MO

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Gosh what a BEAUTIFUL place to visit .
The water was so blue and very cold. Just an amazing wonder here in Missouri. You can always find God’s Beauty here . Big Spring was one of Missouri’s first state parks. It was a state park from 1924 until 1969 when the people of Missouri donated it, along with Alley and Round Spring State Parks to the National Park Service to become a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. A gift from Missouri to America.

The Big Spring area contains the Big Spring of course, but also a campground, a picnic area, a dining lodge, trails and housekeeping cabins. It is easily located four miles south of Van Buren at the end of State Route 103.

The Big Spring is sometimes called America’s biggest spring. In reality there are three contenders for that title: Big Spring, Idaho’s Snake River Spring Complex and Florida’s Silver Spring. Since the flow from springs varies with local rainfall, any of these three might be biggest on any given day depending on the weather in Missouri, Idaho and Florida! The truth is they are all about the same size.

In any case, at an average daily flow of 286 million gallons of water, Big Spring is an awesome sight and a geologic wonder. Underground passages carry water from as far as 45 miles away to emerge at the spring. Studies have shown that the water is carrying a load of dissolved limestone equivalent to 70 tons a day! This dissolved rock gives the spring its color and is also carving out a huge conduit underground. Should the spring ever go dry, a huge cave will be the result.

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Macro Flowers

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Here are some captures of Maco flowers of  beautiful colors that  I have done these last few weeks.  Dandelions and Clematis .Thanks for Looking 🙂

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Trip to the Wilderness to Relax

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I Had to get away from the stresses of life.. We went to St Francois Park in Bonne Terre Mo. It was just so beautiful with the river and all the bluffs. It amazing how just getting away into nature changes your mind and makes you feel renewed.

Sun Ray Glow

Sun Ray Glow

Just Beautiful

Just Beautiful

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Waterfall

Waterfall

The Colors of Twilight and Sunsets at Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are BEAUTIFUL but  because they are fleeting ~
Richard Paul Evans

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 28 fishable lakes and ponds.

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IF THIS DONT MAKE YOU SMILE AND LAUGH

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NOTHING WILL 🙂 HAVE A GOOD REST OF THE WEEK !!giraffee

Missouri’s Natural Beauty

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Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri. 

 Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.

 View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.

 Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.

 This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. 

Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife. 

 

Contest Winner at JAVA Magazine

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THANK YOU JAVA JOURNAL !! Proud to to have been RUNNER UP in the “WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST”
http://www.javajournalstl.com/ Magazine PAGE 20 FEB ISSUE- YOU WILL SEE check it out !!
for my” Cover Bridge ”

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Runner Up in Magazine

Oh When Is It Friday

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I was taking pictures of the Boxer Puppy and this picture reminded me so much of a long week  we all have probably had .

That droopy face says it all!!

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Doe Deer Eating out of My Hand

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I will never for get this day . I even had to put down the camera and just enjoy this moment  I was blessed with. What a great  experience  and wanted to share with you. I am such a animal lover and nature freak  that i was just so excited , that I watched the video at least 10 times. LOL 🙂  Hope you enjoy! 

This is the first day that it happen . Then I went back for a second chance  the next  day and  she still remembered me and my pretzels. Please leave comments and likes for this beautiful animal!!! Thanks so much for checking out my beautiful moment.

The Second Day

Just a Touch of Spring

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I wanted to share a little touch of Spring Beauty. I am so ready for the warm weather . Enjoy!!

My name is Peggy 
My passion is Photography of wildlife and nature of all sorts, 
My Love is for animals, 
So I combine them both! What a better way to enjoy what you do. 
I am Proud that I have been… 

‘Featured in the Missouri Conservation’ Featured Photo of The Month 
‘True Love’ Mates for Life Roosting Cardinal Birds. 
‘Best in Missouri 2011’ 3rd Place ‘ Historical Sites’  “My Cover Bridge”
RURAL MAGAZINE Missouri 
Snap Fish Red Summer Featuring ‘My Big Red Cardinal’ 2nd Place  As well as Birds and Bloom

 

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Atlas Moth The Largest in the World

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Atlas moth  is is a large Moth found in the tropical and subtropical forests of Southeast Asia, southern China, common across the Malay archipelago, Thailand to Indonesia.

These moths are considered the largest in the world in terms of total wing surface area (65 square inches). In Hong Kong the Cantonese name translates as “snake’s head moth“, referring to apical extension of the forewing, which bears a passing resemblance to a snake’s head.

Another interesting characteristic of the Atlas moth is that it doesn’t have fully developed mouth-parts, so it can’t feed…ever.

It survives on the larval fat reserves, throughout their entire 1-2 weeks adult lives.

I was at the Butterfly House here in St. Louis and I got to watch this Hatch from its cocoon. This was amazing!! so I thought I would share it with the Nature lovers! The very first Picture is what they look like when there wings dry.