Monday, October 11, 2010

Photos at Marais Temps Clair

FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT, here are some photos I took yesterday, at Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, near Portage des Sioux, in a rural section of Saint Charles County, Missouri.

Marais Temp Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - butterfly

Located on a great floodplain between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, Marais Temps Clair (French for ‘Fair Weather Marsh’) is an oxbow lake, remnants of a former channel of the Missouri River. These days, the land is mainly managed for waterfowl habitat, but an abundance of frogs and a variety of flora can be found here too.

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - pink buds

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - red berries

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - mushrooms on log

Just the other day, I posted numerous photos of mushrooms.  Here are some more, and this time I was a bit more careful with my picture-taking.  The area of this photo is adjacent to a swamp, and I was eaten alive by mosquitos. I found out that mushrooms do not grow on swampy ground — but this drier upland area had an abundance.

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - mushroom 1

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - mushroom 2

Marais Temps Clair Conservation Area, in Portage des Sioux, Missouri, USA - mushroom 3

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