This picture was taken in late August on the east side of the river at 6:00 AM.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This picture was taken from a river cabin at ROLF at 125 yards with 840mm f4 on a Canon 5D body. This pictures is actually 30" x 40" and is cropped and re-sized downward.
Notice the lack of head feathers on this young bird, the sparse feathering and spots on the chest. Never the less, this bird was a very successful fisherman; taking a dozen or so large crawdads, sculpins, and darters, and finally one large sunfish. I got about 175 pictures of him. Click to enlarge.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I took this picture with a 105 mm on a Canon 5D DSLR so I wasn't as close as it looks -- but still too close. This snake was not active (actually kind of lethargic in the 44F morning temperatures).
This snake is one of the very few venomous snakes found at ROLF. If you watch where you are stepping and move quickly you would remain 99% safe from this variety of pit viper.
Note the elliptical eye slits.
Caught on the North Fork, I believe around the left side of the island below Blair Bridge. Brian is a professional Guide who works out of ROLF. Click to enlarge. Courtesy Brian Wise.
Monday, October 20, 2008
A 1 - 1/2 hour (from ROLF) side-trip that is well worth it. Blue Springs is (I think) the prettiest spring and spring branch in Missouri. You can get there by taking Highway 60 from Cabool east to Highway 19 North to Highway 106 and East to the Trail-head just past the Current River Bridge. Click to enlarge.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I was standing next to the river watching the late afternoon day when this image appeared due to changing colors of the sycamores.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
There are many species of Dogwood and a few in the correct well drained and morning sun locations were turning red early this year (mid-September). Here is one on thee main road to ROLF that I watched each day for one full week. I just turned prettier and prettier during the week. Wonder what it looks liken now, in October. Click image to enlarge.
What more can you ask for. I awakened at 7:30 AM and looked out into the fog to see the sun baking through the dense fog. The pines trees looked ancient and the sun made a gorgeous smokey pattern though the pine needles.