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Missouri Ozarks : This is a collection of some of my own favorite photographs that I have taken in the Missouri Ozarks where I live.

Missouri Ozarks

Paul Rains

This is a collection of some of my own favorite photographs that I hav ...

Updated: Apr 25, 2014 11:46am PST

Bald Eagles : Missouri is seeing more of the Bald Eagle. I took these photos on my way home from work for lunch! 

This animal DESERVES to be the national bird. So majestic and graceful.  Absolutely beautiful! The photos don't quite convey all this.

It's great to see this animal become less rare and making a return, so that once in awhile we might even see one on a lunch break!

Bald Eagles

Paul Rains

Missouri is seeing more of the Bald Eagle. I took these photos on my w ...

Updated: Mar 07, 2014 10:15am PST

Blue Spring - Missouri Ozarks : Blue Spring, by consensus one of the most beautiful of the many springs in the Missouri Ozarks.

The Missouri Ozarks is a region rich in geology.  One consequence of the geologic make-up of the area is an abundance of beautiful springs and clear mountain streams and rivers, many of them augmented by the flow from the springs, and ornamented by rapids and falls.  Some of the rivers are "shut in", that is confined in part to deep narrow canyons or restricted in other ways, by hard rock layers from the region's distant, violent volcanic past.  Opportunities abound for canoers and kayakers, hikers, and day-trippers.

For a good website the summarizes the properties, location, and surroundings of the amazing Blue Spring, see for example:  http://mdc.mo.gov/areas/natareas/p124-2.htm

Blue Spring - Missouri Ozarks

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Blue Spring, by consensus one of the most beautiful of the many spring ...

Updated: Jan 17, 2009 10:49am PST

Dillard Mill, Missouri Ozarks : Dillard Mill Historic Site is near the now miniscule community of Dillard, Missouri, near Davisville.  The mill is located in Crawford County, in what is considered the upper Ozarks.  Unlike Alley Mill, Dillard Mill is situated along a stream, the Huzzah Creek.  A dam across the creek creates a mill pond, and the drop of water from the pond through the mill sluice provides power for the mill.

Because of the abundance of deep springs with high flows, and gushing rivers , the settlers in the Missouri Ozarks had no lack of good locations for grist mills and saw mills, both essential adjuncts to successful farming communities.  Missouri has kept and treasured this special heritage.  A visit to the Ozarks wouldn't be complete without seeing one or more of these surviving relics of a bygone era.

Pictures of springs and rivers without such mills are in a separate gallery.  Pictures of Topaz Mill and Spring have been moved to their permanent gallery in the 'Places - Far' category.

Dillard Mill, Missouri Ozarks

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Dillard Mill Historic Site is near the now miniscule community of Dill ...

Updated: Jan 01, 2009 7:52pm PST

Rocky Falls - Missouri Ozarks : Rocky Falls, Shannon County, Missouri.

The Missouri Ozarks is a region rich in geology.  One consequence of the geologic make-up of the area is an abundance of beautiful springs and clear mountain streams and rivers, many of them augmented by the flow from the springs, and ornamented by rapids and falls.  Some of the rivers are "shut in", that is confined in part to deep narrow canyons or restricted in other ways, by hard rock layers from the region's distant, violent volcanic past.  Opportunities abound for canoers and kayakers, hikers, and day-trippers.

One such feature is Rocky Falls.  It combines relatively easy accessibility, interesting geology, scenic beauty, climbability (good for family fun), and proximity of other interesting sights in the Ozarks.

Rocky Falls - Missouri Ozarks

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Rocky Falls, Shannon County, Missouri. The Missouri Ozarks is a reg ...

Updated: Dec 15, 2008 1:11pm PST

Topaz Mill and Spring, Missouri : Topaz Mill with its Topaz Spring are located in Douglas County, Missouri.  It is one of literally hundreds of mills throughout the state of Missouri, some portion of which has been preserved.  This mill is still operational.  It is in the private ownership of Mr. O'Neal, who when available is generally willing to show people through the mill and the adjacent general store.

Because of the abundance of deep springs with high flows, and gushing rivers , the settlers in the Missouri Ozarks had no lack of good locations for grist mills and saw mills, both essential adjuncts to successful farming communities.  Missouri has kept and treasured this special heritage.  A visit to the Ozarks wouldn't be complete without seeing one or more of these surviving relics of a bygone era.

Topaz Mill and Spring, Missouri

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Topaz Mill with its Topaz Spring are located in Douglas County, Missou ...

Updated: Nov 10, 2008 7:04pm PST

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