• Beautiful Water Clarity - perryeck
  • Everytime I am in here, this is a muddy mess. - perryeck
  • This is a very cold swim. - perryeck

Cave Spring

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This apocalypse, uh I mean winter storm, has unexpectedly given me a great opportunity to get some photo-processing accomplished. I had every intention of working a full day from home. I usually look forward to working from home as I can usually get more done without all the distractions from the office. I did work a half day when a head honcho told everyone who was "not business critical" to free up the intranets of the company because we were slowing down our "business critical" coworkers. Obviously, not being "business critical" I shut things down and started playing with images. I'm glad to know all you "international men of mystery" will have the necessary bandwidth to keep the world moving while the sky is falling all around us.

So, this image is of a new-found place for me. It is Cave-Spring along the Current River. Not too long ago the only access to this beautiful location was from the river. Recently some nice folks built a really great trail (~5 miles round trip) that starts at Devil's Well (another great Ozark exemplar of karst topography).

This image is comprised of a stitch of two six-image HDR's. Actually I ran the HDR process twice, once in DE and once in TC and made a blend of the two. I really like this process in creating the most realistic HDR image. I don't have a problem with the typical uber-HDR image, I just don't think they work in most nature photography.

Along the trail I met a really nice couple who were volunteers with the Ozark National Scenic Waterways. They were very knowledgeable about the Current river watershed and I enjoyed walking with them for a short while. They informed me that they just ran into a gang of people (Ozark Hoosiers) on four wheelers. They took their pictures and were then confronted angrily by the group. Using these ORV's on public lands is still a large problem in the Ozarks and elsewhere. Those brave enough to confront these idiots are risking their safety. A friend of mine who analyzes streams for frog and fish diversity studies is often put into jeopardy by these idiots who see him as a threat. He now carries a handgun to use in case these guys who like to play chicken get a little too close. The state of Missouri allocates certain areas of certain parks for the use of ORV's. Those who can't limit their hobby to those areas should face stiff penalties.

Mike Cumming, whitebuffalobk, MD_MC, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. mshhoward 39 months ago | reply

    I did not know about the trail. That's cool. I think this location is worth 5 miles. The water is so clear!

  2. Chip Shotz 39 months ago | reply

    Exceptional capture!

  3. Bwantaloupe Iguanito [deleted] 39 months ago | reply

    Dude!!! Is this one the lake of the ozarks by any chance??? Can I get the lat long? Can you reach this by boat/kayak?

    I'm looking for a place to take the sailboat come summer, can you tell?

  4. Ozark Bill 39 months ago | reply

    Sorry Bwana-man, this is on the other side of the state. You can reach this by boat. A canoe. You still want those coordinates?

  5. Dene' Miles 39 months ago | reply

    What a wonderful place. Love the light and comp!

  6. Profiles of Nature 39 months ago | reply

    Magical color, exposure & composition!!

  7. D Seb 39 months ago | reply

    This is amazing... how do you find these places?!

  8. Ozark Bill 39 months ago | reply

    Thanks D :-)

    Just lots of research from numerous sources. Let me know if you have anything I am not aware of, please.

  9. JoLoLog 39 months ago | reply

    Super HDR work yhere... as natural as it gets. Love the composition, how the light comes through, you had it just perfect, Bill. Bravo! :-))

    So, you have your own idiots there too... ha, they invade every great place one can think of. Shoot them I'd say ;-))


  10. HirurgUlic 39 months ago | reply

    I like the color of water. Water is like a cleansing. Conditions for living in such a cave already have! =)

  11. CanonMaiden 39 months ago | reply

    Simply beautiful. WOW

  12. Taylor Reed - ShawneeExplorer.com 39 months ago | reply

    Great use of HDR here. I was in here years ago during a canoe trip and I remember thinking what a great spot for a photo this would be.

  13. photogg19 39 months ago | reply

    what a great spot; amazing water color and clarity!

  14. olcore 39 months ago | reply

    holy WOW. This is stunning. I've paddled into that cave before, but I don't remember it being this beautiful! Well done indeed!

  15. perryeck 39 months ago | reply

    Bill, I have seen a handful of bats in there, but never more than a couple at a time.

  16. J.A.Ferg54 38 months ago | reply

    Wow , just amazing , love to see it .

  17. Meth Swanson 38 months ago | reply

    ...thanks bud...i'm on my way...

  18. redneck_mtnview [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    nice detail.i like the depth in the water.i grew up in eminence.most of my photos are of the country although it would be nice to be able to travel.

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