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Photograph of the 2017 total solar eclipse seen through the trees of the Mark Twain National Forest near the Berryman / Ozark trail in MIssouri

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      Ten-minute read, 17 pictures

Photograph of a White-Marked Tussock Moth - (Orgyia leucostigma)

Ginger spotted this colorful fellow on the deck. Checking online I discovered, as we suspected, that handling it wasn’t a good idea, as they can cause a rash. Unfortunately it wouldn’t keep still on a leaf long enough for me to get a picture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgyia_leucostigma

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.

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. 2 pictures

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

Twilight at Stockton lake

I was hoping for another really stunning sunset, it wasn’t to be. It was pretty but not a really knock you off your feet affair. I was also hoping to catch some fish, and that wasn’t to be either…I had a couple of bites, but I was late striking and missed them. The good news …

An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake Read More »

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

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

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

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

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.

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