HaHa Tonka State Park




(This post originally published in November 2010) Today’s post deviates a bit from my typical posts. Last week, I spent a few days in south-central Missouri, at a very interesting place … HaHa Tonka State Park. This park is located in the Lake of the Ozarks region and is 3,679 acres in size. The park […]

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Johnson’s Shut-Ins




A while back, I began posting some wildflower images from a spring trip I made in 2012, to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. This park is located in southeast Missouri, not far from the Missouri “bootheel”. Today’s post includes a few images I made of the “shut-ins”, the rock formations in the shallow water. This was […]

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Fire Pink




Fire Pink (Silene virginica) is another wildflower that grows in the east-central and Ozarks areas of Missouri. When I traveled to the southeast area of Missouri this past spring, this bright beauty was observed almost everywhere in Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, especially in the wooded area surrounding our campsite. The fire pink is a perennial […]

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Miami Mist




Last spring, I made a weeklong trip to southeast Missouri, near the “bootheel” area of the state. Although I am a lifelong resident of Missouri, I had never been to this area. Why? Probably the #1 reason is the difficulty of getting to this area. No, not really difficult … just takes a long time. […]

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Hungry Little Varmints!




While hiking the prairie trails at Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri), I came upon a stand of lovely Gaura wildflower (Gaura biennis) plants in rich bloom:   A short distance later, I discovered a Gaura plant that was pretty ragged looking:   I closely inspected the plant, but could not find what was eating the […]

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Early Morning Dewdrops




During my recent Prairie State Park photo trip, I was greeted in the early morning hours with glistening dewdrops on the prairie grasses. In this first image, I was able to capture the dewdrop with a glistening starburst, always an interesting opportunity:   In this second image, not only did I capture a starburst, but […]

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Buckeye




During my photo trip to Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri) last month, I saw a ton of Buckeye Butterflies (Junonia coenia) throughout the prairie. Most of the time, they were perched on the wildflowers and collecting nectar. Here are a few images I made of the Buckeyes:   The Buckeye butterflies are one of the […]

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Prairie State Park Sunrise, Day 2




Not to be outdone by Day #1, morning #2 at Prairie State Park gave just as interesting sunrise photo opportunities (if you missed Day #1 sunrise and sunset, you can click on this link). For the second day in a row, I got out of my sleeping bag very early … too early by many […]

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Day 1 Sunrise/Sunset Over Prairie State Park




  During my short visit to Prairie State Park last week, I was fortunate to be able to see/photograph some beautiful sunrises and a colorful sunset. In today’s post, I’ll feature some images I made of both the sunrise and sunset of Day 1 on the prairie. As I made my way up Gay Feather […]

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Fun Friday: Ever Feel Like Someone is Watching You?




Earlier this week, I drove down to Prairie State Park, a beautiful Missouri State Park, to photograph fall wildflowers and some prairie inhabitants. This park is located in southwest Missouri and has a (small) campground. Pitching a tent, I stayed on-site for 2 days, photographing during the early morning and late afternoon hours. I have […]

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