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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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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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After spending a day driving around the area, its clear to me that I need to spend several weekends there camping. The area is just filled with beautiful landscapes and stuff, and all the highlights of the area are very accessible.

This is Blue Springs. its one of Missouri’s largest natural springs. Its about a 20 minute drive to the trailhead from Eminence. The water gets that sky blue color from its depth and the mineral deposits in the rocks that make up this area. The trail is only .4 miles, so this is a nice place to visit with kids. It is a fairly popular spot.

Just a few minutes up the road is Rocky Falls. Its a spring-fed waterfall, so it flows year-round. There were a ton of people swimming in the hole that the falls go into, and kids climbing all over the falls, so getting a few good shots here was challenging.

All photographs taken with a 5D MKII

Eminence, MO

Taken with Canon 24mm TS-E lens, two shots stitched together.

Blue Springs Runoff

Taken with Canon 17-40 F/4L lens

Rocky Falls

Taken with an Olympus 35mm Shift lens, 3 shots stitched together.

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