Hibiscus — Hollywood

Hibiscus — Hollywood. Our hibiscuses have generally been a bit ‘Meh’ this year, so this one stood out. The blue tinge is due to reflected skylight, not coloring.

No one at home

It looks like the hot weather and receding lake have not been kind to the turtles. I found two empty shells on my hike. +1

Late-night visitor

Late-night visitor – who is this then? +2

Ribbit, ribbit. Toad, in a hole

Ribbit, ribbit. Toad, in a hole.

An evening visitor and more clumsiness

An evening visitor and more clumsiness – I was sitting in my hammock thinking about preparing dinner when I felt some water splash on my foot. It was raining hard, but I was nice and dry, and I thought it a bit odd. I bent down to investigate and spotted this little peeper, who’d hopped in to join me sheltering from the rain.

Mossy

Mossy – Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Two.

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush – Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire. 2 pictures

Snow, moss, and leaves

Snow, moss, and leaves – Seen on the Mary Hollow Trail.

Leaves

Leaves.

Not what you want to find in the house

Not what you want to find in the house – Brown Recluse Spider. It got a bit mangled meeting its demise.

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail)

Pipevine Swallowtail (Blue Swallowtail) – Battus philenor. 3 pictures

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Backpacking Trip – Our plans for viewing the eclipse were to go backpacking and watch the eclipse from the Mark Twain National Forest Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +17

White-Marked Tussock Moth – (Orgyia leucostigma)

White-Marked Tussock Moth – (Orgyia leucostigma) +1

Root

Black and White picture, with some of the leafy clutter removed. The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.

Root and Leaf

The roots of our two backyard trees occasionally break the surface. When they grow too high the mower trims off the top, producing these interesting patterns as they try to heal.

Cheddar Gorge with parking

Cheddar Gorge with parking. 2 pictures

Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri

Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri – The Fall color has really come along the past couple of weeks. 3 pictures

An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake

An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake –

Another Short Hike on the Silver Trail at Busiek

Another Short Hike on the Silver Trail at Busiek. 17 pictures

An Afternoon Hike at Compton Hollow Conservation Area

An Afternoon Hike at Compton Hollow Conservation Area – Our first hike in a long time. 18 pictures

Frozen Stock Pond at Compton Hollow Conservation Area

One of my favorite pictures from this afternoon’s hike.

Spot the octopus…

Spot the octopus – After watching this video the best summary of my thoughts is: ‘perplexed’. Video: 4½ minutes

Old Man’s beard (Spanish Moss)

Old man’s beard on the trees at the edge of the bluff

Stock Pond and Cattails – Hercules Glades

A picture from last weekend’s backpacking trip. We were checking out a stock pond to see if it might provide drinking water. The pond was not only quite large, but also surrounded by cattails which had started to break apart and seed.

Weekend Backpacking at Hercules Glades

We spent a long weekend backpacking in Hercules Glades. The highlight being an afternoon resting and enjoying the spring sunshine on top of a 260 ft. bluff overlooking Beaver Creek. 29 pictures