Early morning on the lake brings a burst of color. The Loons are busy and fishermen head out in their boats to try their luck. Most of the tourists will be asleep for a while longer so everything is quiet. Sounds: Echoes of the Loon by John Grout
Friday was winery day. We visited the Defiance-Augusta area in Eastern Missouri having lunch at Chandler Hill in Defiance and then visiting Mount Pleasant in Augusta. Mount Pleasant had this great truck on the side of the road so I had to stop to take a few photos. This looks like something from the 40’sContinue reading “Chevy Truck”
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools. And, they actually have Dogwood trees there.
One of the nicest areas of the Missouri Botanical Garden is the Japanese Garden. The area has flowering trees, a lake and bridge. The Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America and represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences. Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beachesContinue reading “Japanese Garden Bridge”
Yesterday I went to St.Louis’ Forest Park to try out my new Nikkor Z 70-200mm lens on some of the wildlife. The park has a series of connected lakes and streams with various types of waterfowl living there. They make a great addition to the park and good subjects for photographers. Here we have aContinue reading “Mallards”
This gate takes you to the burned out ruins on the estate at Ha Ha Tonka. The massive edifice overlooks the bluffs above Lake of the Ozarks in Camdenton, Missouri. You can visit this park, explore the grounds and enjoy the many scenic and sometimes haunting overlooks. This one of the unusual must visit gemsContinue reading “Locked Gate”
Another view of the water tower in Ha Ha Tonka State Park. This park is a public recreation area encompassing over 3,700 acres on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks, about five miles south of Camdenton, Missouri, in the United States. Click on the photo for more options to view it. ThisContinue reading “Water Tower”
The ruins of Ha Ha Tonka are an amazing place to explore. This is an old burned out estate overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks that has been turned into a state park. The ruins include a large stone house, carriage house and water tower all on dramatic bluffs overlooking the lake. You can exploreContinue reading “Water Tower at Ha Ha Tonka”
Lots of snow and ice in St. Louis over the past few days and more coming. While it makes lift difficult here, it makes for a beautiful landscape and slows life down a little bit.
A the moment, a quiet setting at one of St. Charles’ numerous duck hunting clubs. Earlier a storm came through cooling things off and soon after the sunsets the ducks will will be ready to roost and flock into this lake. Currently the lake is occupied by decoys tempting others to join them.