Weddings Love United Blended Beautiful

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“On your Wedding Day”    

Best wishes! Cheers! Well done!
The Future full of promise and It has only begun
Your starting on a journey
A new, Exciting life
Together, as a partnership As Husband and Wife
Adventures,thrills and choices are waiting just for you
The road will have some turnings and perhaps a bump or two
But you’ll be strong together
You  will come through every test
Your love will deepen week by week
Be Happy and all the BEST

 

 

 

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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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. 

 

Puppies and More Puppies

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I was so happy to capture these sweet ,adorable and just beautiful puppies. I am the lucky one. I do Charity work for Open Door Sanctuary in House Springs Missouri. It is my get away from the world as well as giving back in my community. Open Door is one of the Largest no-kill shelter in Missouri,Arkansas, Illinois as well as Iowa and Kansas. This place rocks with the love and care they provide on daily basis to so many animals. Like I said, it is my get away for JOY!

LOVE I Just enjoy the puppy breath as well as all the kisses. I could be so stress out and then I get the phone call they need some photo’s for some project and I get so excited. It is like a rush. You have to know that the Open Door is a great place for all the animals. They are so spoiled and well taken care of there. They call this Work?? I call it HEAVEN  🙂

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Sandy Creek Cover Bridge in Missouri

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Well, I got to get out a little bit during the snow storm and very cold temps. I only went one place as it was just to cold. I am ready for spring. Don’t get me wrong I love snow , just not the extreme cold temps. Hope you enjoy!

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                                I just love this one with the ice and the snow just glistening:)

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                  I wanted to capture the detail of the sun shadows and the foot prints in the snow.

Beautiful Autumn Colors

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I am just so ready for beautiful colors and weather. The Autumn season is my favorite time of the year.

Captured at Brynesmill, Mo. 2012

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Capture at a near by Lake 

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Capture at Washington State Park in Missouri

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This one of my favorite! Artist capturing a Artist on the Old Byrnesville Mill Bridge

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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.

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The Beauty of Butterflies

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This page is dedicated to the enjoyment of butterflies, some of our world’s most beautiful creatures. The species I have photographed here are all Missouri native, with each specimen being a beautiful creature in its own unique way. Unfortunately, this kind of simple beauty that butterflies possess can often be overlooked in the busy-ness (business) of life. Thus I created a little interesting facts on different kinds. I hope you enjoy!

The Anise Butterfly
There is so many various kinds of Swallow Tails. Colors also depend on Male and female.The elegant Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is often mistaken for the Eastern Black Swallowtail . The caterpillars look nearly identical! The adults definitely have differences in markings, that, when compared side-by-side, are evident. Captured this is my back yard.

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I captured this at Shaw’s Nature Reserve in Missouri.

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This is the Black Swallow Tail

The black swallowtail, also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma.

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This is the Eastern Blue Butterfly

Eastern tailed blue butterflies can easily go unnoticed with their small size. Sneaking up on and capturing in the cameras view finder can be challenging. This eastern tailed blue landed on white clover. .Eastern tailed blues facts: wingspan 3/4 to 1 inch; males irridescent blue above and summer females brown above; found practically anywhere except deep woods; flies low to ground and perches low; lays eggs on legumes, especially clovers, beans and tick.

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This is the Paper Kite Butterflies Not from Missouri

The Paper Kite Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. The way the light shines through the wings is just amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass.This was capture at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Mo.

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The Blue Clipper

The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Painted Butterfly

This is one of the most common butterfly species in the world. The only places it doesn’t live are on Antarctica and some remote islands. It even migrates to Hawaii and Iceland!

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The Tiger Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly

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The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucas) is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and body (some females are brown or black, mimicking the poisonous pipevine swallowtail). This relatively common butterfly has a wingspan of 3.5-6.5 inches (9-16.5 cm). Southern subspecies are larger than the northern ones.
These butterflies are called swallowtails because they have long “tails” on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a type of bird).

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For more information on butterflies
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Tigersw.shtml

Flood Waters Hits Small Historical Town In Kimmswick Missouri and other Local Towns

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Well we all know that this year we have  highly unusual weather all over the united states. From Tornadoes in Oklahoma to late snow fall in Vermont followed by flooding in the Midwest.

The flooding is very close to my heart as well as my home. So many small towns around and outside of St. Louis, Missouri . One that hurts my heart is Historical Kimmswick which has been around since late 1700’s , but founded by   Theodore Kimm in 1859. A successful St. Louis dry goods merchant, Mr. Kimm moved to Jefferson County in 1850 and purchased a large tact of land, extending West and crossing what is now Highway 61-67.  http://visitkimmswick.com/shopping. This town also has  Ride On St. Louis (ROSL) . It is an Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) center serving disabled children, adults and the at-risk youth of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. ROSL uses the unique movement of the horse and emotional bond created between horse and rider to gain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual improvements in the lives of those we serve. It also serves the Wounded Warriors Project as well. http://rideonstl.org/,So you see this is why it is so close to my heart.

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This Beautiful little town as seen it devastation from the flood of 1993 and 2005 and here to return to try again in June of 2013. It will not succeed , as the people that live in  this town and also own shops always pull together and fight to save to the bitter end.

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I was Visiting there today to see the flooding waters and it just brought tears to my eyes. Watching all those people work so hard sandbagging ,not fancy machines. Pure physical labor.Working to save there wonderful town and homes. The Shop  owners like the Blue Owl Restaurant,known here in Missouri YUMMY! Feeding the hard workers as well as Dominoes and other local area pizza places. Volunteers from around Jefferson county and great help from the Prisoners.

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Officials: Entire town of Kimmswick will flood if levee breaks; volunteers needed

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REPORTERS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND  US ARMY CORPS 

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To My dismay I founded that they were lacking in help .Sometimes Jefferson County Missouri is forgotten . They always focus on the bigger cities that have had devastation. Well I think this is one town that need help!! So I will be sending this article and photos to local newspapers, in hope that we can get more . It is suppose to rain again in the next few days and the The Flood Warning continues for the Mississippi River at St. Louis * until further notice.* At 11:30 am Tuesday the stage was 40.2 feet. * Flood stage is 30.0 feet. * Forecast… the river crested around 40.5 feet late this morning and is forecast to fall to near 38.5 feet Thursday morning. So please NO MORE Rain!!. Officials: Entire town of Kimmswick will flood if levee breaks; volunteers needed

Here is a Picture of the Windsor Harbor Bridges before the flood.

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Wonderful Ominous Clouds

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These  Clouds were taken near my home. They look so ominous, but no Rain. I thought since there is so much weather around that I would Share.  Cloud photography is very intriguing to me.

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Thought this chart was very Interesting and also helpful! Thanks NOAA
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Road Trip on Route 66 in Missouri

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On my 4th of July we took a road trip along Route 66 and it was fantastic! Here are some Memories of yesterday !So much good information on Times Beach, Coral Courts,Roadside Cafe, 66 Drive INN

Here is the History  on Times Beach It was a really big deal! Now it os a beautiful Park called Route 66 Park. Lots of Wildlife and Nature, hiking ,trails for horses etc…

Times Beach is a ghost town in St. Louis County, Missouri, Missouri, United States, located 17 miles (27 km) southwest of St. Louis and 2 mi (3 km) east of Eureka. Once home to more than two thousand people, the town was completely evacuated early in 1983 due to a dioxin scare that made national headlines. It was the largest civilian exposure to dioxin in the country’s history.

Today, the land that was once Times Beach is now Route 66 State Park. One building from the town still exists: the park’s visitor center was once a roadhouse from Times Beach’s glory days, and was the EPA’s headquarters for the area. There is a large grass mound beneath which is the debris of the demolished buildings of the former town.[2]