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A sudden heavy rain shower washed away our plans for an overnight camping experience at Laurel Snow State Park, so we made our way to the next destination. On the way there, we passed Savage Creek Natural Area. It’s a beautiful space with primitive hike-in campsites available. A few miles, a couple of neat little suspension bridges, and a quick overnight nap gave us a refreshing camping experience. In the morning, we explored the area to find one of the treasures of the creek. The cascades above Savage Falls were impressive, but standing above the 30 foot tall main water feature was really neat. I even tried my hand at a couple of abstracts in this area. Overall, a great impromptu experience.

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Cascades above Savage Falls – Taken with Canon 5D mkii and Nikon Nikkor 18mm AI-s lens

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Taken with a Canon 5D mkii and 24mm TS-E lens.

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Stinging Fork Falls

Taken with a Canon 5D mkii and 24mm TS-E lens. Two images stitched together.

Stinging Fork Falls. Spring City, Tennessee. The hike was very pretty, but challenging. Since there was a surprise thunder shower during the hike, It took two people to traverse the lower section of the trail to get the photography backpack safely down the descent to the falls. The waterfall is about 30 feet tall. When I mentioned this fall to locals who seemed well-versed, they looked at me like i grew a second head, as none of them had heard of this location. This made the experience a little bit more special to me.

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Upper Piney Falls

Photo taken with Canon 5d mkii and Nikon Nikkor 18mm AI-s

Piney Falls is part of the Piney Falls State Natural Area. The hike is a pretty one, with a combination of oak and pine. It’s a fairly short hike, but requires some sure-footedness on a couple of steep descents. The lower falls is accessible from above, but getting to the base of the falls would require some repelling gear, which we did not have.

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Taum Sauk mountain boasts the highest elevation in the state, at 1,772 ft above sea level. I’ve always felt like this fact is a little over-rated, though. The plaque at the top of the mountain is on a concrete trail, surrounded by dense woods. It isn’t much of a view from up there. The real majesty of the mountain is when the water runs off the creek, down to Mina Sauk Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in Missouri without any cascades.

I didn’t get any pictures of the tallest waterfall, because light was not on my side. I had much better luck toward the bottom of the falls. Try as I might, I got to the falls well after the golden hour of sunrise. Clearly, the Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens was the hero of my day.

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Canon 24mm TS-E lens, two images stitched together.

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens

alsphoto.com Mina Sauk Falls Taum Sauk Al Schwartz Photo

Taken with Canon 5D and Nikon Nikkor 18mm f/3.5 lens

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On April 28, 2012, a hard rain hit St. Louis, Missouri that left softball size hail, and a gushing downpour of rain. I did not have time to go anywhere far from my house, so I visited Creve Coeur Park. The appropriately named “Dripping Springs Fall” has rarely produced more than a few drops of water. This time, I was pleasantly surprised.

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Taken with Canon 5D mkii and Cannon 24m TS-E lens

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It has been several months since I shot Joel and Kyra’s wedding in St. John, and I am already missing that magical island. Reviewing and posting these pictures will either help resist the urge to hop a plane and go back there today, or be the catalyst of an impulse purchase of a plane ticket.

Sand and waves, here I come!

Rainbow over St. John © alsphoto.com

A storm cloud produces a rainbow over the mountains of St. John.

Storm Approaches © alsphoto.com

A sudden rain shower approaches the island. Taken from Ram's Head Point

Some clever hikers stacked some rocks on Blue Cobblestone Beach

Sunset over St. Thomas © alsphoto.com

A striking sunset over St. Thomas, as seen from a mountain top on St. John

Upper Petroglyph Falls © alsphoto.com

The waterfall at the end of the Petroglyph Trail

Mimosas © alsphoto.com

Some wild mimosas in full bloom

Morning at Cinnamon Bay © alsphoto.com

Waves crash into the rocks on the beach at Cinnamon Bay.

Moonlight Over Great Cruz Bay © alsphoto.com

A full moon lights up a black ocean over Great Cruz Bay.

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After a successful morning seeing Greer Spring, we headed north to see Mill Mountain Shut-Ins. The water was really low when we were there, so nothing was really flowing hard, but you can see that this area is probably a very neat place to visit after a hard rain. The trail to get there is a difficult hike if you don’t have a substantial 4×4 vehicle, which can take you about half way in to the foot trail.

To get to Mill Mountain:
From Eminence travel east on Highway 106 for about 7.5 miles. Turn right (south) on to Highway H and travel for 4 miles to the intersection with Highway NN. Go left (east) onto Highway NN and travel for almost 3 miles. Right before crossing Rocky Creek turn right (south) to the gravel road and pull-off. Park here and look for Ozark Trail signs. The Ozark Trail hiking trail crosses Rocky Creek here and heads north toward the natural area. It is a half-mile hike heading north on the Ozark Trail from the Rocky Creek Highway NN bridge to the natural area. Bring a map and compass for exploration.

All images taken with a Canon 5D MKii

Mill Mountain - Fall Reflections

Taken with Sigma 70-200 lens

Mill Mountain - Mill Mountain Low Cascades

Taken with Canon 24mm TS-E lens

Mill Mountain - Heart Rock Reflection

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

Mill Mountain - Mill Mountain Upper Cascades

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

Mill Mountain - Wraparound

Taken with Sigma 70-200mm lens

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