Dakota's Nature Photos

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


This spring produces millions of gallons of water each day. There's actually an underwater cave near it's source that some scuba-divers went in to explore and it's supposedly quite deep. Don't count on any photos from me, though. I seen how those divers looked when they came back up and I don't think they had a bit of energy left.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

From Whence Cometh My Help

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." - Psalm 121:1

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Mill

It may not matter to anybody but me, but this old mill was actually used by my ancestors (as well as many others) more than 100 years ago. It's just a tourist attraction now, but at one time it was fully operative and, back then, many of the area residents carved their name into it's side. I wonder who it was that carved my family's name?

By the way, enjoy your free download! I plan to start giving those away every so often, so keep an eye out!*

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Wooden Cathedral

I've made this photo viewable in slightly larger dimensions than I usually do because, in my opinion, anything smaller than this simply doesn't do it justice and I wanted you guys to get the full experience. There's a handful of photos that are particularly special to me, and I think I can definitely add this one to the list.

X Marks the Spot

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Where's the School Buses?

We just got back from a wonderful visit to Alley Springs in Eminence, Missouri, and I am really enjoying going through some of the pictures I took during our trip. This shot of an old, one-room school house is one of my favorites.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Branching Out

When you take pictures as much as I do, you rarely have the same favorite photo for long. I'm not saying this is my new favorite or anything, but I just think there's something special about this particular shot. It may not have the same effect on you, but it seems to have a particularly warm/rustic feel that is different from any other photos I've taken.

Hanging in the Balance

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ice on the Housetop

After about 2-3 weeks of snow being on the ground every single day, it's finally starting to thaw out. As beautiful as they are, I must admit that I won't be missing these icicles for a while.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Get Your Free Photo! - *Giveaway!*

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It’s been nearly five months since my last giveaway and, with almost 5 times as many followers as I had back then, I figured it was time enough for me to have another one. The great thing about this giveaway is that, unlike many other contests you’ll see on the web, you won’t be entering for a mere chance to win a prize; in this giveaway everybody who participates is a winner. All you have to do is follow these steps:
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Saturday, February 5, 2011


We had a pretty bad ice-storm sweep through our area this winter and, as you can see, it left a pretty thick layer of ice on all our of our trees. Thankfully we didn't have to deal with any power-outages, though others in our area were not so fortunate.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Smiling Horizon

I took this picture back during the summer on a camping trip we took, but it took me this long to finally get around to uploading it. We had sat on top of a mountain for a good part of the evening, but the sun set behind us so I didn't get to get any good shots until we started making our way back to camp and passed this nice little lookout where I had a spectacular spot for snapping a final few shots.