Hummingbirds, My Love of Summer

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The challenge of my summer this year was to capture as many hummingbirds as I could. Those little guys are so fast .Sometimes I would sit for a hour lying in wait. So far I have been pretty lucky and patient. Many I might be able to add more to the video soon.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird in the United States and Canada. If you live east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably seen one … or many.
Name and Nicknames
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have many dedicated fans. And so, they have many nicknames: ruby throated, ruby throats, rubythroat, ruby, rubies, hummers, hummer birds. Here’s their scientific name: Archilochus colubris.


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To feed the hummingbirds I use plain sugar. I also plant many varieties of plants that they like too. They are happy here and I am glad they come each year to entertain me. It is funny I always know when they are out of food , as they come buzz me and I say “Im coming to fill it up ” 

To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.



Lovely Home for Sale in Sunset Hills Mo.

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Winter Birds and Raptors Beautiful Creatures


My favorite time of the winter is to capture the Birds of Beauty . Winter they are all dressed up in there thick feathers that just makes them beautiful. Everything from Red Shoulder Hawks , Red Tail Hawks to that Gorgeous Red the Cardinal  Male shows off.  

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Hiking in Hickory Canyon


I just love hiking when I can get out. I loved doing this beautiful hidden gem. This is Hickory Canyons. Located in St. Genevieve , Mo . It is a moderate hike with lots of up and downs along with many different  things to see. We went from seeing frozen icicles  to melting and cascading  waterfalls. The 1 mile hike is very unexpected in the winter months. It was a a warmer day so we  got see both. Frozen and melting. This is very active when after a rain. This is a great hike for a mile . 

Natural Features Description:
This area is botanically rich, supporting 541 native vascular plant species and 152 bryophyte (liverworts and mosses) species. A number of these species are considered glacial relicts. Glacial relicts are species that were more common in Missouri 12,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. Since then, the climate has warmed, forcing some species to inhabit micro-climates that mimic the cool, moist conditions of glacial times. Glacial relicts at Hickory Canyons include hay-scented fern, fir clubmoss and winterberry. The area is rich in fern species with over a dozen species represented.

New Macro Photography Captures



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Macro Flower Photography and Meanings


Sweet Williams flowers are at the center of many romantic legends. One such legend is steeped in the poetry of the English writer John Gay, who wrote, Sweet Williams Farewell to black-eyed Susan: A Ballad. In this piece of poetry, both the sweet William and the black-eyed Susan were depicted as real people sweet William as a sailor, and the black-eyed Susan as his beloved, who must part from him. The story tells of the two meeting, then having to separate again sweet William assuring his love and fidelity all the while. Aside from having some artistic acclaim, sweet Williams flowers are also thought to be very useful in the culinary arts. These blossoms, which have a mild, clove-like taste, are mostly used as garnishes for cakes, pastries and drinks; however, they are also known to add a unique dash of flavor to salads, floral liquors, jellies and butters, as well as herbal tea.

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Dahlia’s are spicy flowers, and their meanings range from a sign of warning, to change, to travel, to even a portent of betrayal. The varied symbolic meanings of the dahlia make this flower a wild card. Give to that unique, eclectic person whom you wish to compliment his/her wild side. Combine them with slender flowers like irises or tulips for a striking visual display as well as a combined symbolic message that says “temper your adventures with a kind heart.”

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This is a capture of rain drops reflections on The Bachelor Button Flower. There is no secret there and it has nothing to do with processing either.Each droplet reflects its surroundings, so in each of them you can find many different reflections by simply changing the angle you look at it.A water drop is a spherical mirror which shows the reflective image inverted compared to the object (in this case).
To capture reflections in a raindrop you have to look for it unless you have serious knowledge of geometric optics.

If you don’t know the Bachelor Button by this name, you aren’t the only one. Probably, you know it by one of these names: Basketflower, Bluebottle, Hurtsickle, and Cornflower. Sometimes, this flower is known as the Boutonniere flower. But, all of these names will connect you to the same flower, which is the Bachelor Button. There is a story behind this flower, of course with a name like that. You will see that bachelors wore this flower if they liked someone and wanted to date them. The longer the flower stayed alive and the longer they wore it, it showed how strong their feelings were for that person.

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Macro Flowers


Here are some captures of Maco flowers of  beautiful colors that  I have done these last few weeks.  Dandelions and Clematis .Thanks for Looking 🙂

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The Colors of Twilight and Sunsets at Busch Memorial Conservation Area

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Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are BEAUTIFUL but  because they are fleeting ~
Richard Paul Evans

Area highlights

Located in St. Charles County, the 6,987-acre August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area is home to the St. Louis regional office, which includes a visitor center. With hiking trails and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities, the Busch Area is also your local connection to Missouri’s fish, forests, and wildlife.

Stop by for a fishing/hunting license, and stay to enjoy our exhibits, including a 1,300-gallon aquarium. Catch one of our free nature programs, go for a hike, enjoy a picnic, or wet a line in some of our 28 fishable lakes and ponds.


Animal Rescue Stories With A HAPPY ENDING


I am writing this story and showing you pictures of happy ending.  I am a volunteer photographer for the Open Door Sanctuary here in Missouri(House Springs). One of the largest  NO KILL shelters in the Midwest.

We all see these sad stories of animal abuse ,injuries and Seniors animals  and never get to see the happing endings. I am bring you a Happy Ending. I do not have  all the pictures  of the before story ,but .  You can check  for some of them. Each picture will come with  there own amazing  story and what they look like now.


Cooper (formerly Dodger) came to Open Door in the fall of 2013 with severe spinal cord trauma caused by a pellet gun wound. Veterinarians determined his abuser shot the four month old black lab mix puppy intentionally at close range. Cooper underwent emergency surgery to remove the bullet which was lodged tightly in his spine. Thankfully, he pulled through this risky surgery. With help of Nature’s Variety and several other supporters, Open Door was able to afford this lifesaving procedure along with his aftercare. Cooper completed several months of hydrotherapy, a water based rehabilitation treatment to help him walk again. Risa Zwerling was kind enough to foster him until he was able to return to Open Door. The day he returned, Open Door employees threw him a welcome home party and found him the perfect family to go home with—the Lankaus. Earl and Emily Lankau were touched by his story. They also had experience caring for a special needs dog in the past and had the time to devote to Cooper’s recovery. Miraculously, Cooper can walk and play like any other dog which he enjoys doing in his new fenced in back yard. He loves playing fetch and enjoys walks with Emily every morning. The Lankaus say that they “spoil” Cooper these days with treats, toys, and tons of attention (which is exactly what we love to hear!). Although Cooper had a rough start to his life, the Lankaus are making sure he will live the rest of it happy, healthy, and loved.



A kind woman found Miracle lying in a roadside ditch while driving to work one day. Sadly, the woman drove by Miracle several times over the previous four days and thought she was already dead, but that was not the case. When the woman realized she was alive, she put Miracle’s tiny, lifeless body into her car and brought her to Open Door to see if she could be saved. Miracle’s body was seriously injured. Her pelvis was broken and her body was bruised and full of sores. She was also emaciated and dehydrated. Veterinarians determined that Miracle was either hit by or thrown from a moving vehicle. Miraculously, Miracle need and quiet place so her  condition could stabilized. She went to live in foster care with Peggy Franz, a Open Door  current volunteer photographer for the sanctuary. Peggy was dedicated to helping special needs animals and willing to put in the extra time and effort it would take to rehabilitate Miracle. Two years later, Peggy and Miracle are still two peas in a pod after Peggy decided to officially adopt her. Now, Miracle enjoys spending her free time snuggling with Peggy and her husband Skip, sunning herself for hours on end, and playing with her two Corgi siblings. She is one happy girl living the good life at the Franz household and couldn’t be in better hands.


Miracle and Me  🙂 This is my Special Needs Dog and Love her with all my heart.

Here is Miracle’s Progress Story


Here is Henry

Henry (formerly Frankie) was adopted as a kitten in 2009 and lived with his original owner for four years. In 2013, his owner passed away leaving Henry without a place to call home. Before her passing, she left a very heartfelt note explaining how much she loved him and how it was very important upon her passing that he be placed in the absolute best home after she was gone. Henry came to Open Door and went to Petsmart so more people would see him, but no one expressed interest. He was an adult cat with a shy personality towards strangers which scared people away from adopting him. The chances of Henry finding a home started to seem bleak until a very special Petsmart volunteer fell in love with him. Heather Krapf volunteers there on the weekends and formed a special bond with Henry and knew he would be the perfect addition to her family. He’s now living with Heather and her husband and has become much more social towards new people. He loves to cuddle up on the bathroom rug for an afternoon nap and is obsessed with furry toys! Henry enjoys the company of his kitty brothers and sisters—Artie, Avery, Frankie and George who are also from Open Door.


Beans (formerly Mr. T) came to Open Door with a life threatening injury. His jaw was broken in two places and employees rushed him to Watson Road Animal Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. Although Beans pulled through surgery, he couldn’t eat or drink due to his injury. Veterinarians placed a feeding tube in his trachea. Fortunately, Beans made a full recovery and has since become Watson Road Animal Hospital’s door greeter where he gets constant attention from staff and customers. Monica, one of the Veterinarian Technicians who helped save Beans immediately fell in love with his adorable face and playful demeanor. Monica made the decision to officially adopt Beans and give him the best life a cat could ever ask for.

Hudson came to Open Door in rough shape and it was clear whoever owned him previously did not take good care of him. His coat was nearly gone, his teeth were bad and he had scars and BB gun wounds on his frail body. Despite a life time of neglect and abuse, Hudson quickly became a staff favorite due to his sweet temperament and quirky personality. Veterinarians determined Hudson was a senior dog, around 8 years old. Although he was an older boy, employees never lost hope that the right person would see him and fall in love. This is exactly what happened when his new family came to Open Door looking for a new addition to their family. They decided to take Hudson home and give him the best years he’s ever had. Today, Hudson is enjoying his life at the Wright household. He loves chasing squirrels, cuddling up on his Open Door blanket and going on long walks. The Wrights even take Hudson out to dinner and for frozen custard when the mood strikes! Hudson’s story shows that senior dogs can still find a place to call home and live out the remainder of their years in peace and contentment.

The second picture is me and Hudson. I took care of Hudson at the shelter and when I got to go take pictures of his family  it was such a reunion for me. He remembered me that made my day.

Handsome Hank
Handsome Hank (formerly Tennessee Jed) came to Open Door in the summer of 2014. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department seized him and brought him to our sanctuary. He was very skinny, dehydrated, scared, and full of ticks—all signs that he had been neglected for quite some time. Due to his neglect, Hank was shy around new people which unfortunately makes a dog harder to place into a home. Hank needed a family that would be very loving, patient, and understanding—and that’s exactly what he found when his new family decided to adopt him. These days Hank is living a dog’s dream at the Hoff residence complete with a large fenced backyard, customized doggie door, and long jogs with Terri every morning. He loves his baby pool and has a blast chasing the water hose. When he’s not playing outside, he loves to lounge on the Hoff’s couch and watch the world go by. We think Hank’s new life suits him very well.

This is Jelly Bean

Someone dumped Jellybean (formerly Millie) at Open Door’s front gate. Jellybean must have known which way would lead her to safety because she wandered right through our gate, headed up the driveway, and greeted employees standing outside with her tail wagging and her big brown eyes starting up at them. Millie was a senior dog which unfortunately decreased her chances of finding a permanent home. Not more than a month after the day she wandered through our gate, Her new family from  House Springs Animal Clinic came to Open Door looking for a new dog. Although there were plenty of youngsters to choose from, Tynette chose Jellybean. Now Jellybean enjoys a comfortable life with Tynette and her family, including her two kitty brothers, Ray and Swan and her doggie brother, Weezy.


Zany (formerly Tarzan) was stuck in a tree for five days before Open Door was able to rescue him. A citizen called the Jefferson County Humane Society to report Zany’s predicament, but the property owner refused to pay to get him down to safety. That’s when Open Door joined forces with the Jefferson County Humane Society and Kevin Hirtz to successfully remove him from the tree. Zany’s calm temperament made him the perfect kitten to showcase at Kirkwood’s Green Tree festival which Open Door participates in every year. It was a great thing he went because it just so happened that Boyd and Barbara Jones were enjoying the festival that day and fell in love with him. The Boyd’s adopted Zany along with 2 other Open Door kittens that day—Twizzle and Zoey. All three kittens love their new home and settled in nicely. Zany loves wrestling with Twizzle and Zoey and the Jones’ say he is nothing but sweet and laid back. His favorite pastime is playing with his toys and chasing toilet paper around the house. Not only does Zany have the ideal temperament, he also has striking features and we agree with his owners that he might have a feline modeling career in his future!

Dot (formerly Nala) was born without half of her back right leg. Although her birth defect did not affect her mobility or quality of life, people seemed to overlook Dot because of this perceived “flaw.” She was also an adult cat which made it even harder for her to find a forever family. After months of searching for the perfect owner, Steven Davis came to Open Door one October day in 2011 looking to add a new cat to his household. Steven fell in love with Dot and appreciated her flaw as something that made Dot unique and special. Dot now lives in South St. Louis with Steven and his wife Kristen along with their two dogs Gus and Alice. She enjoys of lavish life full of pillows, windowsills, cat toys, and cozy places to lounge the day away. Although Dot can be shy when meeting new people, she warms up quickly and serves as Steven and Kristen’s alarm clock each morning. This gorgeous girl is living happily ever in her new home with people who can give her the love she deserves.

Open Door received a call back in July of 2012 asking for help catching a cat that somehow managed to get her head stuck inside a peanut butter jar. It was a critical situation for the young cat because she could not breathe properly, drink water, or eat. After four days of attempting to capture her, Open Door’s Executive Director Tracie Quackenbush was finally successful. She was severely dehydrated, emaciated, and needed a lot of love and recovery time after going through this ordeal. Open Door staff named her Peanut and the name stuck. Thankfully, she made a full recovery and went home with a wonderful family where she is the queen of the castle. Peanut fits in perfectly with the Lappe family and is fully enjoying her life. She enjoys spending time with her new owners, Jason and Stacy and their two children, Jonah and Emma. Some of Peanut’s favorite pastimes include watching Animal Planet’s Too Cute, playing in Emma’s doll house, and running around with the families’ Corgi, Reece.

Foxie had a rough time at Open Door and due to illness, ended up going blind in one eye. Due to her blindness, Foxie had impaired depth perception which made her unsure and shy around new visitors at the shelter. Since she would run and hide when anyone tried to meet her, it was extremely difficult to place her in a home. Foxie was overlooked again and again. One day, Steve and Catherine Albrecht came to Open Door looking specifically for a cat who was having trouble finding a family or had special needs. They met Foxie and fell in love with her right away. She was exactly what the Albrechts were looking for and they had the patience and compassion to work with her. Today, Foxie is living with the a family enjoying her new life. Although she’s still blind, she’s gaining more confidence by the day and will even come out to greet new visitors from time to time. Foxie’s favorite hobbies include lying in the sun and playing with Catherine’s homemade pipe cleaner toys. She also loves to cuddle with Steve and Catherine every night before bed and is never more than a few feet away from them. The Albrechts also adopted Allie, a dog from Open Door who Foxie adores. Thanks to the Albrechts, Foxie is living happily ever after with her new family.

Open Door employees rescued Hershey from the back of a trailer home where she was tied up for weeks and left for dead. On the day she was rescued, the wind-chill reached -33 degrees so we knew her situation was extremely urgent. Hershey’s water bowl was frozen solid and her chain was embedded into the icy ground. She was unable to take shelter and with her short coat, she was completely unprotected from the unforgiving wind and subzero temperatures. We were incredibly relieved and lucky that she was still alive. Employees used bolt cutters to Hershey free and wrapped her shivering body in warm towels while driving her to safety. In addition to being hypothermic, dehydrated, and skinny, Hershey had a severe case of heartworms. It was obvious she had been neglected for quite some time. Despite the hardship Hershey faced, she was friendly and seemed to love life which is exactly what the Malson family saw in her the day they visited Open Door. Charlie and Heather along with their children William, Adrian, and Spencer, fell in love with Hershey’s outgoing personality and cheerful disposition. Now Hershey is healthy and loves to explore everything. She loves to sun herself, ride in Charlie’s truck, and she’s even been kayaking on the Big River! Hershey is fully enjoying life now and the Malsons are making sure her new adventure is a great one.

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Please also remember it takes a army of People and and a lot of Dedicated workers and Volunteers to help these animals. ,So if you can are want help  please donate or if you live in the Missouri area here is a link for things they need and donations are very much appreciated . Please check out the amazing links I have provided. . 

This will be part of the calendar that Open Door will sell for 2015. I am only giving you the short version. The calendar will have their pictures ,bios and most of the families that they live with. I was so honored to be a part of this as the photographer to see the happy families talk about there new found fur friend.

Special thanks given to Lindsey 🙂 a ODAS employee who put a labor of love into this calender.





Haunted Grist Mill and Hotel In Rural Missouri

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The town of Morse Mill, Missouri, was named for industrialist, John H. Morse, who settled in that area in 1847. Mr. Morse, a farmer and miller, came from Massachusetts and settled near the Big River about six miles northwest of Hillsboro.

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Old Grist Mill in the Hay day

Here is a Picture That I captured just a few weeks ago. It is still very pretty and Serene there.

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Morse was a contractor and builder and also known for building Gravois Road and the Sandy Creek Covered Bridge on Old Lemay Ferry Road. Built in 1872, the bridge still stands and is one of the few covered bridges still existing in Missouri. The bridge has been restored and a marker placed on the south end by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. It is considered an important historic landmark since it provided a necessary link for Jefferson County’s road system.

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In his own era, Morse was a pioneer and developer. He was known to have strong conservative views, he fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, and was later a state senator representing parts of Jefferson and Washington Counties. He did not live to see his little town become a playground for rich tourists as he had envisioned. 
He was also known by his Hotel which now is presumed haunted.

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Moorse Mill Haunted House

Morse Mill Hotel was built by John H. Morse in the 1870s. The Hotel is a three-story frame house, built of maple and limestone, with a New Orleans-style balcony on the second floor, and a “widow’s walk.” There is an abandoned mill dam down the road on the Big River. Its use as a hotel began sometime in the 1920s, and saw the likes of Al Capone, Charles Lindbergh, Charlie Chaplain, and Jesse James and his gang. However, this is not what gives the Hotel its infamy. No, that would be Bertha Alice Williams Graham Gifford. Bertha Gifford was married to her second husband, Eugene Gifford, and lived her life at the Morse Mill Hotel as a simple housewife during the early 1900s. She loved to cook for people and make candy for children. Unfortunately, she also liked adding arsenic to her recipes. She was accused of murdering 17 people over 20 years, including her first husband, Henry Graham. She was arrested in 1928, had a three-day trial in Union, MO, and was found guilty by reason of insanity. She was committed to the Missouri State Hospital #4, where she died in 1951.


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Missouri’s Natural Beauty



Well visited one of my favorite place to go which is Pickle Springs Park in St.Genevieve Missouri which also is very close to Farmington ,Missouri. 

 Explore a geological wonderland that is a National Natural Landmark.

 View scenic waterfalls and cool box canyons that harbor unusual plants and animals.

 Enjoy the blossoms of rose azalea along the sandstone valley in the spring.

 This scenic natural area contains all sorts of fascinating sandstone rock formations including box canyons and wet weather waterfalls. The sandstone rock here is the Lamotte sandstone that was formed from sandy beaches of a shallow ocean that existed here 500 million years ago. 

Missouri has so much to offer as far as beauty of nature and wildlife. 


Pink and Red Beauties


Just some beautiful spring flowers I captured.
The Begonia Dragon Wing red, ‘Begonia x hybrida’, is a beautiful shade plant growing up to 15 inches tall with a a spread of up to 18 inches. Dragon Wing Pink Begonias perform very well in the landscape with excellent heat tolerance and garden performance. This plant is ideal for hanging baskets on the front porch or in large containers. Begonia Dragon Wings prefer planting beds that are well drained and organic-rich.

Dahlia-Dahlias are easy plants to grow and yield beautiful blooms from mid-summer through fall. In many respects, “dahlia culture” is similar to “tomato culture.” If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias. The following notes will help you to add spectacular blooms and brilliant color to your garden!