Hike in the Lake of the Ozarks, 300511

On our last day at the Lake of the Ozarks, Memorial Day, we decided to go on a short hike…the hike had to be short because of two reasons….several things (including a very late night the previous evening!) made a very late start, and it was rather hot and humid.

On the way, from the car,when we looked down, we spotted some turtles:

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When we looked up, we spotted some

TURKEY VULTURES:

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The bluffs on the way had been graded to enable the roads to be built:

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We stopped at the Lake of the Ozarks National Park:

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We decided to go to the stables there, and take the trail.

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We saw a tepee, rather bedraggled:

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We walked a short while on this trail, but all we seemed to be doing was to avoid horse poop, and the dug-up path that the horses’ hooves had left; so we decided to try another trail instead. This made us later still, and we opted for the shortest rrail possible, the Lake View Bend Trail:

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Alas, it was bird siesta time, and by the time I did see some birds in the trees on our way back, it was very late, and I had to walk really fast, so there was no bird photography at all! But as it was, I dallied to photograph some mushrooms:

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I got to photograph only one butterfly, but there were several more that were, alas, in “flitting” mode and which I could not follow!

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Several wildflowers rewarded our walk (though there was a good breeze, it was still a humid and rather uncomfortable affair, and we were getting really hungry!

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It was lovely to see this bed of green:

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Even when we went to Jefferson City later in the evening, on our way home, there were some lovely flowers to see:

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As we walked around, I spotted this beautiful dragonfly, which looked rather like our Pied Paddyfield Skimmer back home:

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Right up on the Capitol building, I spotted a

HOUSEFINCH:

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and a baby

COTTONTAIL RABBIT

lolloped by:

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On the trail, of course, were the mammals dearest to me….here they are, resting briefly at the lakeshore:

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You can see them through the shade of the trees:

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It was quite an enjoyable hike, though it certainly delayed us quite badly on our trip home!

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