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FROM READERS: Pictures of the morning of the first frost

October 9, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
John Hall snapped a segment of photos of a blue heron, from takeoff to landing. It was his wife's favorite set of photos from this day.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

Finally, frost arrived after the long, hot dry summer. I promised my wife that no matter how bad the weather gets this winter I will not complain. She shrugged that off by saying that a couple of years ago when the snow was so deep that the town was paralyzed she had to attempt to shovel a 24 inch snow out of our driveway because I was so sick all I could do was look out the window and encourage her not to give up.

So, if the weather gets bad this year I'll just have to rely on the time-tested way to avoid shoveling snow — get the flu.

On the morning of the first frost, a couple of the English Cockers piled into the pick-up truck with me to check things out. I let one of the dogs drive while I tried taking a few photos. I spotted a couple of new born alpacas sunning themselves in 38 degree heat but they were behind a fence and at such a long distance I decided not to share those photos. I might try later.

My neighbor told me that earlier in the week he had driven through Albert Lea, Minnesota, and saw a lot of pelicans on their southerly migration. I didn't know if any had reached Missouri as yet so went out to check the wetlands. There weren't any pelicans. 

There were also various species of ducks on the water along with some Belted Kingfishers, Hawks, Red Wing Blackbirds, Herons and Egrets.

There was an egret and blue heron who seemed to be close friends and I took some time to watch them wile away the morning hours. There is one segment of photos that shows a blue heron from takeoff to landing. I'd guess there were about 15 photos. The photo of that heron landing received accolades from my first wife. She said it was the best photo of all of the 710 taken.

On the way out of the wetlands I spied a man and his dog doing some training for hunting season and some of those photos are shared as well.

Also on a recent wetlands trip, I spied a pile of llamas near the barn and upon closer inspection I found a newborn for sure and I think there was another one that wasn't too clear. 

That concludes the redundant photos for today. Some day I promised to break out of my long slump and find some different subjects to capture on camera. However, that's not likely to happen until gasoline prices go south, just like most of the waterfowl are  in the process of doing.

If you can't see the slideshow above, you can view it on Flickr here.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.