A Whirlwind Autumn Exploration

Two days in the forests of Missouri.  My favorite things:

  • Puffy clouds of mist drifting over creeks and rivers in the morning
  • The distinct sweet smell of white oak forests
  • odd shapes of sassafras leaves changing from yellow to red to maroon
  • Eagles, kestrels, red-tailed hawks all searching for food
  • Cool clear streams
sassafras

sassafras

580 miles in two days.  10 state and national park sites.

Autumn Round Trip

Autumn Round Trip

Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

Bollinger Mill

bridge at Bollinger Mill

covered bridge at Bollinger Mill

Boardwalk at Big Oak State Park

Boardwalk at Big Oak State Park

Champion trees

Champion trees

Mammoth Springs Arkansas

Mammoth Springs Arkansas

Echo Canyon

Echo Canyon

the creek

reflecting on a creek

Fern at Grand Gulf State Park

Fern at Grand Gulf State Park

Fire Ring

Fire Ring

Fall along the Mississippi River

Fall along the Mississippi River

a collection of fall leaves

a collection of fall leaves

slough in the Bootheel of Missouri

slough in the Bootheel of Missouri

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