Seven Days of Mina Sauk Falls – Day One

Technical details: Canon EOS 7D camera, EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens @ 10mm, ISO 200,  f/14, 1/2 sec

Flowing down the largest mountain in Missouri, Taum Sauk, is a series of wet-weather cascades and falls that are collectively known as Mina Sauk Falls.  The total drop is said to be approximately 132 feet and over the course of this elevation change is a bounty of potential compositions as well as places to hurt yourself.  This is the heart of the St. Francois Mountains and there are not too many soft places to land.  This past “winter” I visited Taum Sauk and took the hike down to Mina after a rainy spell.  The temperatures were just cold enough to put ice on some of the rocks and other shallow surfaces but this mostly seemed like a spring time visit.  I’ve visited once or twice before where the waters were flowing better, but this was pretty nice and I was surprised to see Mina flowing this high.

Over the next seven days I plan on presenting a photograph and a bit of information regarding Mina and her father Taum Sauk as well as discussing the St. Francois Mountain region of the Missouri Ozarks.

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