Indian Spring’s Resort a great get away for Camping and floating and just relaxing . Missouri’s floating capital .

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https://indianspringsfamilyresort.com

This place is just a awesome family friendly place to go to get away and enjoy a long weekend or vacation for a week. MAKE RESERVATIONS TODAY. You won’t regret it.

It is nestled in the natural beauty of the wooded Ozark Hills – an ideal place for fun and relaxation. You’ll find a rustic motel and cabins in this historic resort. Spacious RV and tent campsites are located by the banks of the beautiful upper Meramec River. Located in Steelville, Mo. 65565

Rafting, canoeing, and kayaking are enjoyed by guests of all ages on a seven mile float that allows guests to end conveniently back at Indian Springs.  Check out this beautiful cabin called Little Wolf . So comfy and cozy . A “Natural Spring” that runs right in front of it. Oh the sounds are so relaxing .

LITTLE WOLF
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On your float you will encounter lots of wildlife . Eagles, Herons,and may other little creatures. Put your fishing line in and capture some Bass and catfish. https://www.facebook.com/pg/indianspringsfamilyresort/photos/?tab=album&album_id=769070086470074&ref=page_internal

Ready for Trout Fishing Maramec Spring Park

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Maramec Spring Park is one of the most beautiful spots to be found in Missouri, and the Park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation.
I went on a little road trip to see how amazing Maramec Springs Park which did not disappoint me. Beautiful,So much to do with the family such as camping ,fishing and walk thru the large park along the the river.
If you Like trout fishing this is your place.Trout fishing starts March 1 ,2017 . I will be there to photograph. Can Not wait..

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MISSOURI BEAUTY BIG SPRINGS IN VAN BUREN MO

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Gosh what a BEAUTIFUL place to visit .
The water was so blue and very cold. Just an amazing wonder here in Missouri. You can always find God’s Beauty here . Big Spring was one of Missouri’s first state parks. It was a state park from 1924 until 1969 when the people of Missouri donated it, along with Alley and Round Spring State Parks to the National Park Service to become a part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. A gift from Missouri to America.

The Big Spring area contains the Big Spring of course, but also a campground, a picnic area, a dining lodge, trails and housekeeping cabins. It is easily located four miles south of Van Buren at the end of State Route 103.

The Big Spring is sometimes called America’s biggest spring. In reality there are three contenders for that title: Big Spring, Idaho’s Snake River Spring Complex and Florida’s Silver Spring. Since the flow from springs varies with local rainfall, any of these three might be biggest on any given day depending on the weather in Missouri, Idaho and Florida! The truth is they are all about the same size.

In any case, at an average daily flow of 286 million gallons of water, Big Spring is an awesome sight and a geologic wonder. Underground passages carry water from as far as 45 miles away to emerge at the spring. Studies have shown that the water is carrying a load of dissolved limestone equivalent to 70 tons a day! This dissolved rock gives the spring its color and is also carving out a huge conduit underground. Should the spring ever go dry, a huge cave will be the result.

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Beautiful Autumn Colors

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I am just so ready for beautiful colors and weather. The Autumn season is my favorite time of the year.

Captured at Brynesmill, Mo. 2012

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Capture at a near by Lake 

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Capture at Washington State Park in Missouri

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This one of my favorite! Artist capturing a Artist on the Old Byrnesville Mill Bridge

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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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My Hike to The Big River to View Beautiful Colors

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This was taken on the Big River here in Missouri at the waterfall. I have several spots I go to capture my photography. Here is a little history

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The Big River is a tributary of the Meramec River in east-central Missouri. The river rises in western Iron County, near the summit of Johnson Mountain and the locale of Enough; it flows through Washington County, Saint Francois County, and Jefferson County. It forms part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Saint Francois County and also part of the boundary between Jefferson County and Washington County. It empties into the Meramec River opposite Eureka, where the Meramec forms the border between Jefferson County and Saint Louis County. The river flows through Washington State Park, St. Francois State Park, and the Lead Belt mining district. Like many other Ozark streams, the Big River has entrenched meanders; its valley is typically about half a mile wide, sometimes much narrower, and the valley is usually from 150 to 400 feet (46 to 120 m) deep.

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Red Dragon Fly Macro taken in Texas

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