Cockleburs and Rubyspots

Note: this is the first of two posts based on photos that I uploaded to the site last October, just before one of my extended absences from posting. 

In my continued search for all things crayfish, last October found me on the Black River, at the Bradley Hammer Conservation Area just south of Williamsville. I was […]

Fall Color on Rocky Creek

The Rocky Creek area is one of the more geologically interesting and just plain beautiful areas of the park.  Add in the fact that the trees are beginning to show their fall colors and a drive through the area was irresistible.  So yesterday afternoon found Dayna, Bailey and myself bouncing along dirt roads, shooting lots of […]

Barry County Crayfish

Most of the Ozark stream crayfish species are relatively easy to find.  Grab your copy of The Crayfishes of Missouri (you have a copy, right?,) look up the species you’re interested in, use the handy range map to identify a drainage where it occurs and then find a public access or three in that drainage.  This […]

Freckles on the Huzzah

Huzzah Conservation Area is located in Crawford County, northeast of Steelville.  Within it’s 6,225 acres you can find a mile of Courtois Creek, a half mile of Huzzah Creek and 2 1/2 miles of the Meramec River.  Factor in the presence of Onondaga Cave State Park directly across the river and you have some prime real […]

Stahl Creek

The Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area sits on the headwaters of the Spring (Neosho) River, a few miles northwest of Mt. Vernon in Lawrence County.  Two miles of Spring River lie within the CA and even though it’s nearly three hours away, it’s an easy drive because only the last few miles are two lane roads.  […]