A lush green spring in southern Missouri

Waterfall_Staats 13007We’ve just returned from a full week of traveling, bookmarked on each end with a graduation; one nephew’s college graduation and another nephew’s high school graduation (congrats to them both –  I couldn’t be more proud!).  The first part of the week found us in southern Missouri, south of Branson.  With all the rain that has fallen (including while we were there), everything is a beautiful and lush green.  The Ozark mountains were in their prime, and waterfalls were running full and fast.  In other areas, flowers were in full bloom – iris and peonies, foxglove and phlox.  We truly couldn’t have picked a better time for our trip.  It was a great time to explore the area with its natural beauty – a wonderful relaxing time.

Morning light at Hidden Falls

Morning light at Hidden FallsI took the opportunity to venture out to one of the wonderful state parks we have in Minnesota.  In the south-central part of the state is Nerstrand Big Woods Park.  Along with the large trees and prairie that co-exist in this park, there is a wonderful waterfall, Hidden Falls.  Prairie Creek meanders through the park and it tumbles over the layers of limestone at the falls.  With the large amount of rain we’ve had recently, all our lakes are full and the falls are running with larger than normal volumes of water.  And such was the case when I arrived at Hidden Falls.  It was early in the morning and I was accompanied only by the birds in the woods and the sound of the rushing water.  The overhead trees have come into full leaf and are green.  This delicate tree branch seemed to contrast with the fury of the tumbling water behind it.  The scene was complete with the early morning sunlight glistening off the falls.