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Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, 28 and 290511

We're spending this (Memorial Day) weekend at the Tan-Tar-A resort in the Lake of the Ozarks:

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Yesterday, we went to see the Castle ruins:

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You can read all about the castle

here


The ruins were quite impressive:

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I went up close to the Water Tower, and the view from there was impressive, too:




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Photography was indulged in, with monkey tricks:

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the name of the game WAS to indulge:


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Some folks like four wheels, some like two:


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We all set out on a hike after lunch:


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Watched a few birds along the way (is it possible to avoid this when I'm around?)


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This bird above is called the Eastern Phoebe, and it's similar-looking to the Eastern Pee-Wee, and that inspired me to versify:

If I were a bird
And needed a name that was impossibly twee
I'd still chose a word
...Or two...that was not "Pee Wee";
Because, you see
Someone might feel
The name is a deal
Too long...and just call me a "Pee".....
So...I'd rather be
An Eastern Phoebe....



Heard them singing, too:


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Some moths were around, too!


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The mist at the spring was awesome:

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and so were the natural formations...this one is a natural bridge that spans two slopes:


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None of us shopped, but if we'd wanted to, we could have gone to Ozarkland, which was modestly claiming to be a "fantastic gift shop":


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We wound up with dinner at a Mexican restaurant, which had this lovely piece of wildlife:


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Let me close with the most common insect here, the

CICADA:


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and the ex-Cicada:

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We saw Muskrats and Otters and Red-eared Sliders (Turtles) as well as water snakes...and several deer, too.


More details...go to my Facebook photos, (it's SO much easier to upload hi-res pics to FB and add the narrative!)

click here


Let's see what today has in store for us...there's going to be fireworks in the evening on the lake.
Tags: birding, camera, heritage, insects, lake, mammals, photography, reptiles, travel, us visit, water, weekend, wildlife
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