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:
When we looked up, we spotted some
The bluffs on the way had been graded to enable the roads to be built:
We stopped at the Lake of the Ozarks National Park:
We decided to go to the stables there, and take the trail.
We saw a tepee, rather bedraggled:
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:
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:
I got to photograph only one butterfly, but there were several more that were, alas, in "flitting" mode and which I could not follow!
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!
It was lovely to see this bed of green:
Even when we went to Jefferson City later in the evening, on our way home, there were some lovely flowers to see:
As we walked around, I spotted this beautiful dragonfly, which looked rather like our Pied Paddyfield Skimmer back home:
Right up on the Capitol building, I spotted a
and a baby
On the trail, of course, were the mammals dearest to me….here they are, resting briefly at the lakeshore:
You can see them through the shade of the trees:
It was quite an enjoyable hike, though it certainly delayed us quite badly on our trip home!