Give me the tangled shapes of nature over the orderly lines of civilization! Like beautiful twisted wood, good trails and lives well lived rarely follow a straight path. - Jim Warnock, OzarkMountainHiker.com
Trout Fishing Sunrise, Roaring River State Park SW Missouri
I am so fortunate. When I was a sophomore in high school, I ran away to the heart of the Ozarks. Having lived in Kansas and Texas I had never experienced a place so green, so beautiful. Rugged green hills that turned golden in the fall. Clear flowing Ozark streams, towering bluffs, mysterious caves, white water riffles, and gravel bars bleached white from the sun. All this beauty topped off with blue, blue skies. the Ozarks have four distinct seasons and exploring them became my passion. I learned how to float the rivers. how to fish, hunt and to appreciate the mysteries of nature.
Ozark Spring Creek, Madison County, Missouri
I knew I was in heaven, and by good fortune I grew up to become a Ozark photographer and a painter. I have traveled many places, but the Ozarks is my home. And all I have really ever wanted to do is inhale it’s beauty, love it and share it.
Elephant Rocks State Park near Pilot Knob, Missouri
Femme Osage Creek, near New Melle, Missouri
Join me on a journey, both back in time and into the future, as I share with you "My Ozarks" in future blog posts, on my website and through social media. I hope you enjoy the journey.