Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rewind to September dawns from a River Cabin

These few pictures were taken at dawn from just above the River at River of Life Farm. The cold water and warner air in September always make for a gorgeous dawn. Canon EOS 5D with 24-105mm L lens.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Another beautiful day ends on the North Fork River

Photo taken from McKee Bridge looking downstream. Picture taken in September 2008.

Driving into River of Life Farm - 9/08

The scenic drive down to the river bottoms from a grassy field on the hill top onto a point between the rugged canyon where the River of Life Spring arises and the North Fork River, through a band of 100 year old shortleaf pines, through a narrow band of black walnuts and sycamores and onto the river bottoms.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Rewind to June 2005

Dawn on the North Fork about 5:45 AM from Log Lookout about 3 years ago of the North Fork of the White River valley at River of Life Farm.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mississippi Kite close up

Taken with a Canon 40D and the Wild Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis; apparently injured last summer, he is mending for a spring release.

American Goldfinch in very early spring colors

I just saw a goldfinch with early plumage molt on January 23, 2009. Got a picture with my Canon 5D MK II handheld with a Canon 300mm f.2.8 USM IS. Even though the temperatures are supposed to drop into the teens with snow through next Wed., he reminds me that spring is coming soon.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Great Horned Owl near dusk

Nice face picture of a fairly common Great Horned Owl; near dark; hand held; Canon 40D with  an 400mm f 5.6. Click to enlarge.

Very nice White Tail deer buck

Taken with Canon 40D and 400 mm f5.6 hand held. Click to enlarge.

Close up of Turkey Vulture

Who could not find him attractive ? taken with Canon 40D and 400mm f5.6 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jacks Riffle in the Winter

This picture reveals the bluff which is not visible in the "leaved out" months. This hole is  beautiful refuge for large Rainbow and Brown trout.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hay, Hay, and more hay

after a very wet growing season in 2008, these rolls stashed just off Highway 14.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Rewind - Kelly Ford Float mid-September 2008

This looks so nice right now; in the throws of January 2009. Picture also shows the standing waves in the small rapid below Kelly Ford. Click to enlarge.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Northern Cardinal January 1, 2009

Taken with Canon EOS 5D and a 200mm F2.8 lens with a 1.4x TC (280mm). Although this picture was taken in Kirkwood, MO, at my home, the Northern Cardinal is one of those common year-round birds in Missouri and especially at River of Life Farm, that you can always see or hear. Happy New Year !!

September Morning at Whispering Pines Cabin

at ROLF; with the dawning sun filtering through the pine trees. There was fog in the valley and a pine tar aroma penetrated the cabin. There are few birds to hear by the end of September but the woodpeckers were busy pounding nuts into crevices in almost every tree for a long winter store. In August and September the the North Fork's narrow valleys, dense fog is quite common until the sun and morning breezes move it away about 9-10 AM. Taken with Canon EOS 5D. One near dawn and one 30 minutes after sun-up.