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Abandoned Dog Rescued by Baby Jesus

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This is not my typical blog material , but had to share again ,even though it happen a few years ago.  There is so much Beauty in this!!! I think we all need a Pick me up 🙂
Merry Christmas ! 
A Nativity Scene was erected in a church yard. During the night, someone came across this. An abandoned dog was looking for a comfortable, protected place to sleep. He chose baby Jesus as his comfort. No one had the heart to send him away so he was there all night. We should all have the good sense of this dog and curl up in Jesus’ lap from time to time. . No one mentioned that the dog breed is a “shepherd!” 
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!

Autumn Colors on a Beautiful Drive

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Well I got to  capture the last of the Autumn Beauty Colors. I took a drive and visited several places. St. Genevieve Mo. Hawn State Park , Pickle Springs, Pickle Creek and Sandy Creek Cover Bridge as well as capturing a few things along the sides of the roads.
I am not ready for Old Man Winter yet,but I do like the beauty of the snow!!!

Along the Country side Road

Along the Country side Road

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This is in St. Genevieve Mo. at a roadside look out.

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A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

A capture of this abandoned farm with the wheat field

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Pickle Creek Hawn State Park

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

Beautiful Reflection of Pickle Creek

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The Old Dirt Farm Road

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Sandy Creek Cover Bridge Fall Colors

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

Reflection Of the Sandy Creek under the Bridge

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Reflections

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EWWWW Creepy Spider in Web

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Arboreal Orb Weavers

There are several species of Neoscona and Araneus orb weavers in Missouri, and some are quite difficult to distinguish, even by specialists. Often, one must note small details of their anatomy in order to “key them out” to determine the species.

Neoscona species have a slightly triangular-ovate abdomen with a pattern resembling an upside-down spruce tree. On each side of this midline may be black, brown and greenish-brown markings. The legs usually are gray with brown rings. The carapace may be gray with brown markings. Araneus species may be similarly marked and colored, though some are quite showy and less hairy.

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Size: 

 Length: usually about 1/4 inch (not including the legs); males are smaller than females.

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Habitat and conservation: 

 These rather large and often hairy spiders are common in open woods, brushy fields, in tall grassy areas, and around fenceposts and buildings. They are common on the eaves of houses and barns. They may build their webs wherever structures are present for support and where flying insects commonly pass through.

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Eating a daddy long leg spider. 
Foods: 

 Flying insects such as moths and crane flies are the principal prey. Once caught in sticky strands of the web, they are bitten and trussed by the spider, which later eats them. Many orb weavers are nocturnal and have the peculiar habit of eating and rebuilding their webs each day. Webs are built at dusk and used for snaring prey during the night. At dawn, the spider reingests the strands (along with moisture that has collected on it as dew) and recycles the nutrients in making the next web.

Human connections: 

 The amazing web patterns have fascinated humans for millennia. E. B. White wrote his classic “Charlotte’s Web” about an Araneus spider. Orb weavers control populations of flying insects, many of which are pestiferous. Orb weavers don’t bite unless molested, and their bites are not dangerous, anyway.

Ecosystem connections: 

 These spiders control populations of flying insects. Although they may seem ferocious, outside their webs and hiding places these delicate creatures are quite vulnerable to predation themselves. Also, their egg sacs are relished by many species and, for example, provide winter food for many birds. For more information please check it out at http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/arboreal-orb-weavers#

Memories of Old Times

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Newfoundland Puppy Mix

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Look at this little cutie! What a joy to capture ! This is a Newfoundland puppy mix. Some fun facts about the Breed.

The Newfoundland is a working dog. Newfoundlands can be black, brown, or black and white (Landseer). They were originally bred and used as a working dog for fishermen in the Dominion of Newfoundland (which is now part of Canada). They are known for their giant size, tremendous strength, calm dispositions, and loyalty. Newfoundland dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet, and innate swimming abilities.

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Great Portrait Shoots

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Bucks and Babes Deer Captures

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Elk in the meadow
I captured this photo of this beautiful Elk while hiking. I had to hurry up take the picture and get the heck out of the area. It is rutting season and I wanted no part of those antlers.

Taken on my hike in a park. I was being very still and quiet in between the trees. I sat there for a long while wanting to capture a tender moment. This is as close as I got to come. They looked right at me.I just love my deer.

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This was captured at Jefferson Barracks Park. This little baby doe was lying on my Dad’s Grave 🙂 It made me cry, but such a great felling because my Dad Love Deer!

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Doe Deer Eating out of My Hand

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I will never for get this day . I even had to put down the camera and just enjoy this moment  I was blessed with. What a great  experience  and wanted to share with you. I am such a animal lover and nature freak  that i was just so excited , that I watched the video at least 10 times. LOL 🙂  Hope you enjoy! 

This is the first day that it happen . Then I went back for a second chance  the next  day and  she still remembered me and my pretzels. Please leave comments and likes for this beautiful animal!!! Thanks so much for checking out my beautiful moment.

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The Beauty of Butterflies

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This page is dedicated to the enjoyment of butterflies, some of our world’s most beautiful creatures. The species I have photographed here are all Missouri native, with each specimen being a beautiful creature in its own unique way. Unfortunately, this kind of simple beauty that butterflies possess can often be overlooked in the busy-ness (business) of life. Thus I created a little interesting facts on different kinds. I hope you enjoy!

The Anise Butterfly
There is so many various kinds of Swallow Tails. Colors also depend on Male and female.The elegant Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) is often mistaken for the Eastern Black Swallowtail . The caterpillars look nearly identical! The adults definitely have differences in markings, that, when compared side-by-side, are evident. Captured this is my back yard.

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I captured this at Shaw’s Nature Reserve in Missouri.

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This is the Black Swallow Tail

The black swallowtail, also called the American swallowtail or parsnip swallowtail, is a butterfly found throughout much of North America. It is the state butterfly of Oklahoma.

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This is the Eastern Blue Butterfly

Eastern tailed blue butterflies can easily go unnoticed with their small size. Sneaking up on and capturing in the cameras view finder can be challenging. This eastern tailed blue landed on white clover. .Eastern tailed blues facts: wingspan 3/4 to 1 inch; males irridescent blue above and summer females brown above; found practically anywhere except deep woods; flies low to ground and perches low; lays eggs on legumes, especially clovers, beans and tick.

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This is the Paper Kite Butterflies Not from Missouri

The Paper Kite Butterfly only has two rather common colors, black and white, but is still an eye catching beauty. The way the light shines through the wings is just amazing, and if there are other colors around it looks a bit like stained glass.This was capture at the Butterfly House in St. Louis, Mo.

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The Blue Clipper

The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings flapped stiffly between the horizontal position and a few degrees below the horizontal. It may glide between spurts of flapping.

The Painted Butterfly

This is one of the most common butterfly species in the world. The only places it doesn’t live are on Antarctica and some remote islands. It even migrates to Hawaii and Iceland!

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The Tiger Yellow Swallow Tail Butterfly

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The Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucas) is a strong flier with distinctive yellow and black striped markings on its wings and body (some females are brown or black, mimicking the poisonous pipevine swallowtail). This relatively common butterfly has a wingspan of 3.5-6.5 inches (9-16.5 cm). Southern subspecies are larger than the northern ones.
These butterflies are called swallowtails because they have long “tails” on their hindwings which look a bit like the long, pointed tails of swallows (a type of bird).

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For more information on butterflies
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/butterfly/species/Tigersw.shtml

Can I Bug You ? My Photography of Macro Dragonflies

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I was visited by this funny green little guy while fishing. He came up on me just like he was asking me what ya doing.. Some interesting information.The dragonflies agile flight and its ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes only with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. What is mind blowing is the fact that it can do this while flapping its wings a mere 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies need to flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute respectively.I am amazed at these little insects. They are just amazing to sit and watch the behavior. 

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As nymphs, dragonflies live in the water.
There’s a good reason why you see dragonflies and damselflies around ponds and lakes – they’re aquatic! Female dragonflies deposit their eggs on the water’s surface, or in some cases, insert them into aquatic plants or mosses. Once hatched, the nymph (or naiad, in this case) spends its time hunting other aquatic invertebrates. Larger species will even eat the occasional small fish or tadpole. After molting 9-17 times, the dragonfly will finally be ready for adulthood, and the nymph will crawl out of the water to shed its final nymphal skin.

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A dragonfly nymph breathes through its anus.
A damselfly nymph breathes with gills at the end of its abdomen. The dragonfly nymph’s gills, oddly, are inside its rectum. That’s right, it breathes with its butt. The dragonfly nymph will pull water into its anus, where gas exchange occurs. When the dragonfly expels the water from its rear, it propels the nymph forward, providing the added benefit of locomoti

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The male dragonfly has secondary sex organs.
In nearly all insects, the male sex organs are located at the tip of the abdomen. Not so in male dragonflies. His copulatory organ is on the underside of his abdomen, up around the second and third segments. His sperm, however, is stored in an opening of his ninth abdominal segment. Before mating, he has to fold his abdomen and transfer his sperm to his penis.

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Long before the dinosaurs walked the Earth, dragonflies took to the air. If we could transport ourselves back 250 million years, we would immediately recognize the familiar site of dragonflies flying in pursuit of prey. Griffenflies, the gigantic precursors of our modern dragonflies, took flight in the Carboniferous period over 300 million years ago.DSC_2452 DRAGON FLY YELLOW NAME

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For more interesting facts http://insects.about.com/od/dragonfliesanddamselflies/a/10-Cool-Facts-About-Dragonflies.htm

Flood Waters Hits Small Historical Town In Kimmswick Missouri and other Local Towns

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Well we all know that this year we have  highly unusual weather all over the united states. From Tornadoes in Oklahoma to late snow fall in Vermont followed by flooding in the Midwest.

The flooding is very close to my heart as well as my home. So many small towns around and outside of St. Louis, Missouri . One that hurts my heart is Historical Kimmswick which has been around since late 1700’s , but founded by   Theodore Kimm in 1859. A successful St. Louis dry goods merchant, Mr. Kimm moved to Jefferson County in 1850 and purchased a large tact of land, extending West and crossing what is now Highway 61-67.  http://visitkimmswick.com/shopping. This town also has  Ride On St. Louis (ROSL) . It is an Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) center serving disabled children, adults and the at-risk youth of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. ROSL uses the unique movement of the horse and emotional bond created between horse and rider to gain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual improvements in the lives of those we serve. It also serves the Wounded Warriors Project as well. http://rideonstl.org/,So you see this is why it is so close to my heart.

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This Beautiful little town as seen it devastation from the flood of 1993 and 2005 and here to return to try again in June of 2013. It will not succeed , as the people that live in  this town and also own shops always pull together and fight to save to the bitter end.

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I was Visiting there today to see the flooding waters and it just brought tears to my eyes. Watching all those people work so hard sandbagging ,not fancy machines. Pure physical labor.Working to save there wonderful town and homes. The Shop  owners like the Blue Owl Restaurant,known here in Missouri YUMMY! Feeding the hard workers as well as Dominoes and other local area pizza places. Volunteers from around Jefferson county and great help from the Prisoners.

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Officials: Entire town of Kimmswick will flood if levee breaks; volunteers needed

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REPORTERS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES AND  US ARMY CORPS 

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To My dismay I founded that they were lacking in help .Sometimes Jefferson County Missouri is forgotten . They always focus on the bigger cities that have had devastation. Well I think this is one town that need help!! So I will be sending this article and photos to local newspapers, in hope that we can get more . It is suppose to rain again in the next few days and the The Flood Warning continues for the Mississippi River at St. Louis * until further notice.* At 11:30 am Tuesday the stage was 40.2 feet. * Flood stage is 30.0 feet. * Forecast… the river crested around 40.5 feet late this morning and is forecast to fall to near 38.5 feet Thursday morning. So please NO MORE Rain!!. Officials: Entire town of Kimmswick will flood if levee breaks; volunteers needed

Here is a Picture of the Windsor Harbor Bridges before the flood.

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