New Macro Photography Captures

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SOFT PINK AND YELLOW IRIS

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SWEET WILLIAM

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PRICKLY THISTLE BLOSSOM

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TINY LITTLE SWEAT BEE

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Autumn Colors on a Beautiful Drive

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Well I got to  capture the last of the Autumn Beauty Colors. I took a drive and visited several places. St. Genevieve Mo. Hawn State Park , Pickle Springs, Pickle Creek and Sandy Creek Cover Bridge as well as capturing a few things along the sides of the roads.
I am not ready for Old Man Winter yet,but I do like the beauty of the snow!!!

Along the Country side Road

Along the Country side Road

This is in St.  Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

This is in St. Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

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A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

The Old Dirt  Farm Road

The Old Dirt Farm Road

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflections

Reflections

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Salute To our Men and Women

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank you!!!

We salute every soldier who’s served this great nation. And offer a heart of thanks and appreciation! I salute each member of our armed forces. And are thankful for their efforts and resources! I salute every son and daughter lost in a war. YOU are what serving this country is meant for!

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HERO's

 

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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PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHT, Protected by United States Copyright and the Property of FranzsFeaturedFotos, Peggy Franz

My Blue Jay Captures

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The Blue Jay This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.is a passerine bird in the family Corvidae, native to North America. It is resident through most of eastern and central United States and southern Canada, although western populations may be migratory. It breeds in both deciduous and coniferous forests, and is common near and in residential areas. It is predominately blue with a white chest and underparts, and a blue crest. It has a black, U-shaped collar around its neck and a black border behind the crest. Sexes are similar in size and plumage, and plumage does not vary throughout the year. Four subspecies of the Blue Jay are recognized.
The Blue Jay mainly feeds on nuts and seeds such as acorns, soft fruits, arthropods, and occasionally small vertebrates. It typically gleans food from trees, shrubs, and the ground, though it sometimes hawks insects from the air. It builds an open cup nest in the branches of a tree, which both sexes participate in constructing.

 

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My Hike to The Big River to View Beautiful Colors

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This was taken on the Big River here in Missouri at the waterfall. I have several spots I go to capture my photography. Here is a little history

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The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River in east-central Missouri. The river rises in western Iron County, near the summit of Johnson Mountain and the locale of Enough; it flows through Washington County, Saint Francois County, and Jefferson County. It forms part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Saint Francois County and also part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Washington County. It empties into the Meramec River opposite Eureka, where the Meramec forms the border between Jefferson County and Saint Louis County. The river flows through Washington State Park, St. Francois State Park, and the Lead Belt mining district. Like many other Ozark streams, the Big River has entrenched meanders; its valley is typically about half a mile wide, sometimes much narrower, and the valley is usually from 150 to 400 feet (46 to 120 m) deep.

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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]

 

Beautiful Eagles

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My favorite time of the year to take photos of these birds is January through March. This are taking at Alton, Ill. and Grafton, Ill. That is were they migrate for the winter. This winter it was a mild winter, but they were still very active.

This is a Juvenile Eagle.

Beautiful Butterflies

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I took these Beauties at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Mo. Last fall. The colors are amazing. I am so ready for spring!!

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Crystal City Underground The Cave of Ultimate SPORTS

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Crystal City Underground is the most unique place I have been. This cave has everything from Disc Golf, Sand Volleyball,  Poll Vaulting and Hugh Big Screen T.V.’s. with  a Bar for watching all sporting events and a barge to take you on a underground water trip! This is located in Crystal City , Mo. So if your ever in or near St. Louis you need to try to stop by for a tour. I had a blast!!

Please check them out on Facebook and at http://www.CrystalCityUnderground.com/

The CCU Complex Overview

CCU, a former sand mine, is located in Crystal Springs, Missouri and fronts Plattin Creek, within a mile of it’s intersection with the Mississippi River. It is 6,000,000 million square feet  of enclosed underground climate-controlled space. Approximately 200 acres.  It has 30-40 ft. ceilings.  The facility was originally created as a by-product of a sand mining operation. Consequently, thick pillars were systematically cut out of the rock, forming a asymmetrical grid.

Our Vision is to become a cultural and convention facility with the most unique sports and recreational amenities ever conceived to compliment our proposed green industrial facility.  Space is/will be available to extreme, recreational and Olympic venue sports operators and green industrial users. The CCU Sports & Industrial complex will be designed to accommodate separate access and common areas for each use. The floor plan of the facility will allow for easy build-out for your sports training needs. We are currently accepting business plans for consideration. Contact Us for more information, or take a look at our Rental Rates.

Kentucky Exposition Center

Our project is being patterned after the Kentucky Exposition Center.  The facility supports over 7,000 jobs and boasts over 1,000,000 square feet.  It is very successful bringing millions of dollars of tax revenue into the community and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue from out of state visitors, that attend hundreds of events annually.  It is one of the ten largest in the world.  Our project at minimum will be double the size when completed.  Please visit the Kentucky Exposition Center ‘s website and browse their events and financial statements to understand what Crystal City Underground can be with community support.  Their website iswww.kyfairexpo.org.

Cooperation For Economic Development
Our hope is to expand our master plan in conjunction with Crystal City, The City of Festus, and Jefferson County for the benefit of all. We intend to focus our efforts to attract entrepreneurs that will develop:

  • Hotels and a marina on the Mississippi River.
  • RV, cabin, and campground facilities.
  • An equestrian center with hundreds of acres of trails in an unspoiled natural atmosphere.
  • New residential developments.
  • Who is behind CCU?
  • Crystal City Underground Sports Complex is the concept of Tom Kerr, President and Owner of Fiesta Corporation. More…

Available to view upon Appointment.

(314) 581-2582  Tom Kerr

(314) 807-0130  Kathy Wasserman

700 Crystal Avenue

Crystal City, MO 63019

                                                   

A Donkey Has His own House??? Made Me Smile

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You never know what you are going to come across when I put a little gravel in my travel and take the back roads!! I just love that song! I had to pull over so I could take this photo and while I was trying to take it all I could do is laugh!! He has his own little house:) That is so cool!! Great owners:)

 

My Adventure in Pickle Springs Natural Area Rock Climbing Walking Trails and Natural Springs

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The adventure today was so incredible! Who new going out today hiking would take me through time. I laugh now because who knew that a 2 mile hike would feel like 10 miles because of the terrain. Boulders and rocks,cliffs and springs that were all over Crawling in and out , Through narrow rock walkways and cavelike walk ing paths with the coldest water dripping down. JUST BEAUTIFUL! YOU JUST NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS NEXT…

I will wake up tomorrow feeling my adventure lol… Here are some facts and some fun pictures of my hiking fun. 

This is a Natural  Spring  and ends up into this beautiful pond of crystal clear water.


 

 

                   

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Almost forgot “Me” Crawling LOL:)    

THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS !! MADE IT! YEAH!