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A Fine Day It Was, How Was Yours?   Leave a comment


I had a nice day out last October 5. I went to an Amish store in nearby Jamesport, about 10 miles away. Jamesport probably has the largest Amish and Mennonite population in the state of Missouri. I then decided I’d go to Crowder State Park, since I was about half way there already. I’d been there once before and thought I’d see if I could get in some hiking.

The park has a nice lake, not huge, but in a nice setting. I parked the car at the far end of the road. I found the beginning of a hiking trail behind a covered picnic table area and started off up what passes for a mountain in this part of Missouri until I ran into another trail. I later learned that this new trail is three miles long and goes all the way around the “mountain”, but I probably only did 1 1/2 to 2 miles, as I took a short cut up a paved road which intersected the trail.

The “mountain” was fully wooded and no one else was out, except I did pass a man and woman walking a dog while I was driving, but no one was on the trail. I took my time and did surprisingly well for an out-of-shape old man and just took in the scenery. I discovered a closed camping area at the end of the road, and a dirt road that led off to the side. I followed the dirt road until its end, which was an open field of harvested corn or something. I reversed directions and went back up until the road crossed the trail I started on and continued in my previous direction until I came to the lake once again.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t sore, as I hadn’t done much walking because it’s been too hot. I then went back to Jamesport and indulged in the little Mennonite buffet there, then went home. All together a nice day. I hope your day was great, too.

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Crowder State Park edited

My favorite of the photos I took of the lake

Crowder State Park Autumn leaves

A bit of Autumn leaves overlooking the lake

Crowder State Park trees

This is mostly what it looked like surrounding the trail, a lot of ups and downs

Crowder State Park dry creek bed source

I followed a dry stream bed that emptied out into the lakeand it led to this hole in the rock

Cross near Tranton

This huge cross stands at the intersection of State Hwy 6 and 246 (I think), which is the turn-off point to head to the park.

 

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Leaves all winter long   8 comments


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Every day as I look out my window, I marvel that it’s still Autumn and leaves are still falling. I love Autumn, which is more than I can say for winter.

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Posted December 26, 2016 by Cris in Beauty, Fantasy, Leaves, Photography, Sunset

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons (Leaf Me Alone)   2 comments


I recently read a post about “looking up” with the camera to see what you can see. Well, I did, and this is what I saw. I hope you enjoy this week’s photo challenge.

All these shots were taken at sunset, facing north, east or south. While the “sunset effect” isn’t as noticeable as, say, when the leaves have turned fall colors, it is still there, just not as richly adorned.

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Posted December 12, 2012 by Cris in Cris Coleman, Fantasy, Missouri, Photography, Photos, Pictures

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Weekly Photo Challenge: BIG Splash of Color   6 comments


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Here’s the last bit of color before the fall storms came in, blowing much of the leaves off the trees.

In the past thirty-eight years I’ve lived in Utah, SW Iowa and NW Missouri, this is the first time all the fall colors came together. It was awesome.

Spring is still my favorite season for two reasons:
1. Winter has ended; and
2. New life is evident everywhere, and not only in nature. I think people tend to come out of hibernation as well.