State Parks Page
Babler Memorial
Bennett Springs
Dillard Mill
Elephant Rocks
Grand Gulf
Ha Ha Tonka
Harry S Truman
Jefferson Landing
Lake Of The Ozarks
Maramec Springs
Pomme De Terre
Rock Bridge Memorial
Route 66
Taum Sauk Mountain

Local Caves

Ozark Caves Page
Bridal Cave
Ozark Caverns

Ozark Mills
Clifty Creek MO
Bagnell Dam MO
Devils Elbow MO
St.Louis National Expansion Memorial
Tunnel Dam MO
Waynesville MO
Fort Scott KS
Eureka Springs AR
Mammoth Springs AR
Missouri Muskrat

This site has been in existence since September of 2003

Site Last Updated: 07/01/07

Below are some of the places I have been to in the last 4 years that I have taken pictures of, explored and hiked. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to write me at anytime. I will try to write back as soon as I can.

Babler Memorial State Park

I took a few shots of the statue that is dedicated to the man the park was named after.

Bennett Springs State Park
Updated 06-2007

One of my all time favorite places to go to take pictures and hike, there are a variety of areas to take great pictures.

Dillard Mill Historical Site

I have just a few pictures of the mill left, but plan on going back sometime this year.

Elephant Rocks State Park
Updated 06-2007

Unusual but great place to take pictures of a landscape far different from the rest of the state.

Grand Gulf State Park

Called Missouri's Little Grand Canyon, it is one of my favorite places to hike and take pictures during the winter.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park
Updated 06-2007

This is my favorite place to go and relax, take pictures, and do some hiking, caving, and exploring. It is one of the most beutifull places in the state.

Harry S. Truman State Park

Another place that I plan on returning to in 2007, there are lots of photo oppurtunities.

Jefferson Landing Historical Site

Full of photo oppurtunities everywhere you turn, you cant go wrong coming here if you love museums and taking pictures.

Lake Of The Ozarks State Park
Updated 07-2007

Being the biggest state park in the state as well as having a public cave and many trails, it makes for a great place in the summer for pictures.

Maramec Springs

All around great photogenic park.

Pomme De Terre State Park
Updated 06-2007

Not too much here, there are a few good shots along the shores and the dam is pretty impressive.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Another park I love to go to, the natural bridge with the man made dam inside of it makes it worth seeing.

Route 66 State Park

A very nice little museum with lots of Route 66 memorbilia.

Taum Sauk Mountain State Park

I try to come here once a year for the hiking and lots of scenic photographs.

Unknown Facts & Information: Carroll Cave, Camden County Missouri

Known as the largest wild cave presently known in south central Missouri, it is also listed amoung the nations most prominent large caves. Called Carroll Cave today, it was once named Traw Cave. In the 1970s, it was registered as a U.S. Natural Landmark. At least 12 miles have been mapped as of today, but some mapped portions have not yet been added to official statistics and unmapped sections yet exist in the complex system. The cave is thought to have over 20 miles of passage.

The main cave entrance is gated and locked. It is only open to the experienced cavers who get permission to access the cave. To enter the main cave entrance, you must enter by boat for the first 1/4 mile and then continue on foot for further exploration. Accidently tapped into in 1954, salamander hunting speleo-biologists entered the cave for the first time in a old leaky wooden boat and were soon to realize how far the reaches and vastness of the cave exists. Serious exploration began 2 years later where the explorers found rooms of mountanous proportions, passages of great width and height, spelleothems with enough mass to shame most show caves, a waterfall that roared over its brink into a lake, a bat graveyard, a canyon with a rushing underground river flowing some 4 million gallons of water daily and teaming with blind fish, and ancient animals that died tens of thousands of years ago.

Personally, I have been to Carroll Cave many times, either driving by, taking some pictures, or to do some exploring of the cave. Today the main entrance is still gated and locked to not allow unexperienced cavers in for good reason. In the ozarks during the spring and summer months, when it rains, it pours. And it wouldnt take much to cause a cave like this to flood and kill anyone inside. But there are other entrances that are dry and much safer to access. Ive counted at least five entrances along Carroll Cave Road including the gated entrance to access the cave. Ive been in 3 and explored 2 of them for at least a 1/4 of a mile. One day I would like to get permission to explore this cave and see the wonders I have just written and read about.

Information from the book "Missouri the Cave State"

Bridal Cave

Beutifull cave to check out, its not lit to well for pictures.

Ozark Caverns
Updated 07-2007

Good picture taking cavern, I plan on coming back this year for more updated pics.

"A photographer is a witness to the art that is the earth. What I try to do is make a record of that art, so that others can see what I have seen."

*Yann Arthus - Bertrand*

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