Kati Heads North Again

Kati just loves fall and winter in northern Arizona.  She sent these images as the best of her autumn colors of a photo-trip taken several weeks ago along Hart's Prairie Road and Aspen Corner.  The sunset was captured from a lookout not far south of Flagstaff heading home on I-17.  Several of the macro photographs had Kati on her belly!!!  She was looking for that special bokeh that Christopher O'Donnell gets at 24mm. I have tried doing that.  Not easy!!  Good job Kati.

I would find it hard to move from this spot.

I would find it hard to move from this spot.

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Chris O'Donnell would approve!

Chris O'Donnell would approve!

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Good night!

Good night!

Blue Spring

Blue Spring is the 8th largest spring in Missouri and it has the deepest blue color of any of them.  The average daily flow is 87 million gallons of cool, clear water.  The site is part of a seventeen acre natural conservation area and thus relatively protected.  Early Native American called it the Spring of the Summer Sky.  The spring is 310 feet deep and its blue color is attributed to both the depth of water and dissolved minerals.  The color can vary, even during one day, depending on any storm run off or angle of sunlight hitting the surface of the water.

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The spring itself is smaller than you might imagine it to be.  One would think just a couple of photographs would get it all in.  But, oh no!  A few feet in either direction with a camera changes the color a bit.  We spent a fair amount of time there and I have a dozen of keepers.

The spring itself is smaller than you might imagine it to be.  One would think just a couple of photographs would get it all in.  But, oh no!  A few feet in either direction with a camera changes the color a bit.  We spent a fair amount of time there and I have a dozen of keepers.

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The water comes all the way to the edge.  The green plants are watercress and we saw those in almost all the springs we visited.  The water is just unbelievably clear.

The water comes all the way to the edge.  The green plants are watercress and we saw those in almost all the springs we visited.  The water is just unbelievably clear.

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Found an a stump near the platform.

Found an a stump near the platform.

Seen along the half mile trail to the spring.  It flew off right after I got my photograph.  Notice the pink on the wing.

Seen along the half mile trail to the spring.  It flew off right after I got my photograph.  Notice the pink on the wing.

This represents what we find over and over in these wonderful places.  At some point in the past a special person(s) sees the value in preserving sites such as Blue Springs and keeps it safe until it can be acquired by someone or organization that will guard it for future generations. We are fortunate indeed to have people like that among us today.

This represents what we find over and over in these wonderful places.  At some point in the past a special person(s) sees the value in preserving sites such as Blue Springs and keeps it safe until it can be acquired by someone or organization that will guard it for future generations. We are fortunate indeed to have people like that among us today.

Death Valley

Cory wrote: " We took a side trip into Death Valley National Park on our way home from Arizona.  The sand dunes are beautiful.  The Park is immense and deserves much more time to visit than the few hours we gave it. " Cory hopes to get back again and again and fill many memory cards.

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Cory wrote , "Someone left their heart at the top of the dune, lucky me to find it."

Cory wrote , "Someone left their heart at the top of the dune, lucky me to find it."

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The dune photographs caused me to look at them very carefully.  In two photographs they looked almost like the Great Dunes in Colorado.  One could pass as White Sands if it were white, but the dune has a similar shape and mountain background as I would expect of those wonderful dunes in Alamogordo.  I can see why you want to go back, Cory. Please do and share again.  I speak for many others, we appreciate.