I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Period.
Every once in a while I get out and hunt up some beauty to photograph and when my friend Rhonda emailed and asked if I wanted to go on a hike and seek out the beautiful Ozark Dutchman's Breeches to photograph I had to say "yes!".
It turned out to be a cold, cloudy day.... that's mostly good. Great light for capturing some waterfalls in all their glory. Cold means no ticks and chiggars yet.  The flat light turned out to be OK for the wildflower photographs although I would have liked a little more light on some of them. We had a great time and are already talking about another adventure.
This first photo is one that Rhonda took of me zeroing in on the Dutchmen's Breeches.
I am attracted to the water and we spent way too much time shooting the waterfalls, but I am having fun editing the images:

Rhonda sees a nice composition and gets to work on the shot.

I got a few shots of it myself. Here's a fun one:

and this is what it looks like for real:

Dutchmen's Breeches:

Mystery Fern... most likely an emerging Northern Maidenhair:

Rhonda in the moss for the Dutchmen shot:

The only two Yellow Trout Lilies that I could find in bloom:

And the elusive Blue Cohosh:

We stopped for a self portrait before the hike back out.  
Thanks Rhonda for a great afternoon hike. Looking forward to the next trip!