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.