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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A Beauty on the Prairie




Images from today’s post comes from Prairie State Park in southwestern Missouri. I photographed there for 2+ days in early October and had a great time chasing prairie creatures and wildflowers … ok, maybe I didn’t have to chase the flowers … around the beautiful fall-blooming wildflowers. You might remember an earlier post where I […]

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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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Medic, Medic!




Today’s wildflower is a rather small flower, but still quite showy … the Black Medick (Medicago lupulina):         The Black Medick is not a native wildflower. It was introduced from Eurasia. From the information I’ve looked at, not much of this showy plant was planted in Missouri.       Online-Photography-Classes.com

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Li’l Blue




Another wonderful, little wildflower currently growing at Prairie State Park is the Prairie Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium campestre). Although this colorful plant can grow up to 2-feet tall, it is usually found at shorter heights, this one being about 12″. The flowers are small and contain blue 6-pointed stars that can be variable in size. A […]

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Unusual Prairie Resident




During my trek around Prairie State Park last week, I was checking out some rather unusual flowers (I’ll feature them in an upcoming post) when my eyes focused in on a very bright object just a few feet from me. As I closed in on the object, I realized it was a moth that was […]

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet!




While on my recent camping trip to the bootheel area of Missouri, I ran upon this small fence lizard (species unknown) while photographing woodland wildflowers near my campgound:       While photographing him, I decided to try to grab some video. Here is a short clip of the little guy. Watch his extreme speed […]

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