Hiking in Hickory Canyon

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I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places-go/natural-areas/hickory-canyons

Mother Nature’s Hydraulics of Water

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This is Johnson Shut-In located in Missouri. This place is so beautiful!! great place to take a trip with the family and enjoy swimming. Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River. Shoot through Mother Nature’s hydraulics in the shut-ins. Hike a trail that will show you 1.4 billion years of geologic history. Take your horse on a pretty mountain trail. Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park is a jewel of the system, a place with something for everyone: pretty picnic areas, Ozark landscapes, natural places to swim, great campsites.

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Oh My Deer

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Well, I did not go another season without capturing my most favorite wildlife creatures. The Deer. On my walks I was lucky enough to capture such beauty and grace.
I try to get through as many Missouri parks as I can. These were captured at Jefferson Barracks in South County , Mo as well as Route 66 park located in Eureka,Missouri. I so enjoy watching them.Hope you enjoy these majestic creatures.

Please check out this wonderful group who rescues our wildlife deer takes care of them then releases back to the wild!! THANK YOU! Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue
http://www.kindredspiritsfawnrescue.org

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

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Reflections

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Newfoundland Puppy Mix

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Look at this little cutie! What a joy to capture ! This is a Newfoundland puppy mix. Some fun facts about the Breed.

The Newfoundland is a working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, or black and white (Landseer). They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which is now part of Canada). They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.

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Bucks and Babes Deer Captures

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Elk in the meadow
I captured this photo of this beautiful Elk while hiking. I had to hurry up take the picture and get the heck out of the area. It is rutting season and I wanted no part of those antlers.

Taken on my hike in a park. I was being very still and quiet in between the trees. I sat there for a long while wanting to capture a tender moment. This is as close as I got to come. They looked right at me.I just love my deer.

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This was captured at Jefferson Barracks Park. This little baby doe was lying on my Dad’s Grave 🙂 It made me cry, but such a great felling because my Dad Love Deer!

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Just Amazing Clouds I captured Today

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I just love clouds. On my way home from a little getaway trip I captures these amazing clouds. You could see the weather fronts just making it way in. Fun to try to make things out of them. Just Beautiful 🙂

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My Photography of Rivers in Missouri NATURE ROCKS

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As a Photographer I am always looking for a great places to take pictures. I have spent the day on the Meramec River and the Mississippi also Joachiem Creek here in Missouri.  Here are a few photos of my  fun! 

Theses are captured at the Mississippi River overlook from the Trail of Tears Park in Cape Giradeau Mo.

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These are taken Joachim Creek In Mo which runs right into the Meramec River.

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“Mississippi Kite” Raptors Rare Moment Caught

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My Picture of the Day!! A rare  moment in my yard. We were outside doing gardening and we heard this weird sounding birds. We looked up in the trees and there they were. Two large birds that we did not know or ever seen before. Sent pictures to Wildlife Bird Sanctuary here in Missouri via Facebook. They gave me  a name “Mississippi Kites” Not common in this area. So , exciting for me that I captured this rare moment with them. They are Beautiful!! They are here to Mate. The pictures show that they are madly in Love LOL 🙂           I was Lucky today!!                                                

  A Kite is a Raptor . It is in the Hawk Family . 

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mississippi_Kite/id

Thank you!!!! Wild Bird Sanctuary of Missouri

http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

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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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!