During my recent Missouri Ozark workshop I took the group to a lesser known shut-in along the Ozark Trail between Rocky Falls and Klepzig Mill. It was not a long hike, about a half mile off the main road, crossing a couple light marshy areas through some pines and scattered hardwoods. Soon we had to ascend a rather rocky path, not difficult, but still requiring mindful placement of feet due to wet rock surfaces resulting from rain the night before. It was early morning. In fact it was necessary to delay the start of our hike slightly so as to avoid the need for headlamps. There was no wind and the previous nights rain dampened not only the ground but any sounds in the forest, all now still and quite except for the sound of Little Rocky Creek as we came closer to our destination.
At the top of our ascent we came upon a small clearing exposing access the these small shut-ins. The morning fog and subtle light offered some fantastic shooting conditions. Only having an hour at this site we had to quickly engage our creative processes to come away with memorable images. The mode, colors of the ryolite boulders, the morning fog, early light, and subtle budding fall colors helped reward our efforts.
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