Wake Robin No. 1, from the trail around Valley Water Mill, April 21, 2014

The wake robin is one of my favorite springtime wildflowers, and yesterday they were starting to open up. They are a simple but showy flower of fantastic contrast, with three deep burgundy petals on top of mottled green leaves. This is the first of several images I made of wake robins yesterday; more forthcoming.

Celebrating Greek Independence Day in the Ozarks (at the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, with Tom Billionis) Celebrating Greek Independence Day in the Ozarks (at the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, with Tom Billionis) Celebrating Greek Independence Day in the Ozarks (at the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, with Tom Billionis)

Celebrating Greek Independence Day in the Ozarks (at the Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, with Tom Billionis)

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First bloom of spring (in Mark Twain National Forest, Taney County)

Happy Vernal Equinox Day. Here’s an early spring shot from last year, before I started posting my photos of the Ozarks here.

The crew from Longboat Outfitters and Plateau Fly Shop teaches Dapper Barber Club members how to cast on the square in Springfield, Mo., this past Saturday. The crew from Longboat Outfitters and Plateau Fly Shop teaches Dapper Barber Club members how to cast on the square in Springfield, Mo., this past Saturday.
Another beautiful day in the Frozarks—at Valley Water Mill, north of Springfield, Missouri Another beautiful day in the Frozarks—at Valley Water Mill, north of Springfield, Missouri

Another beautiful day in the Frozarks—at Valley Water Mill, north of Springfield, Missouri

The last color of autumn is fading from the Ozarks on this blustery weekend. (from Stone County, Missouri - Photo by Aaron J Scott)