Fall Color in the Ozarks 10/24/18

Enjoy some early fall color from the Missouri Ozarks!

I’ve taken a fascination to glades here in the Ozarks. Typically facing west and/or south they are exposed areas that are almost desert-like. They are hot and dry especially in the summer months as they receive a lot of sunlight. There are five types: limestone, dolomite, chert, sandstone, and igneous.

Glades are fragile ecosystems that support lots of different wildlife. This includes mice, snakes, black widows, scorpions, and tarantulas. Decreasing natural fires have caused cedars to overtake many glades in Missouri.

They also provide some fantastic vistas of the Ozark Mountains!

To learn more visit: https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/habitats/glades

All images were captured this morning in Taum Sauk State Park using the Fujifilm XT2 with XF10-24mm f4, XF35mm f2, and 50mm f2. Beginning with sunrise at Taum Sauk Mountain, and transitioning through glade views during sunrise en route to Mina Sauk Falls (which is currently dry by the way).

—Jake

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