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Relaxing in Mid-Missouri Country

Updated on November 21, 2014
Reflections in the Pond
Reflections in the Pond | Source

A Day in the Country

There is something quite relaxing about spending a day in the country. It is great to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in the suburbs or city and spend a quiet day enjoying the sights and sounds of the country.

On Sunday, my husband and I took a road trip to some friends house in mid-Missouri. It was only about 45 minutes from our home in the St. Louis area, but oh what a difference. It was so very peaceful and quiet. We could sit on the deck and listen to the sounds of the hummingbirds at the feeders and walk down to the lake and enjoy the gentle stirring of the water in the breeze.

I hope your enjoy this pictorial tour of our day in the country.

photographs by Mary Beth Granger


Fascinating Hummingbirds

Our friends have six hummingbird feeders hanging over their deck and it was wonderful to watch the hummingbirds. It seems that there was an endless stream of hummingbirds gathering around the feeders.

They are the most interesting little birds, with the wings fluttering so fast you can barely see them. I love the way they dart back and forth. One minute they are there and the next they are gone.

I found that by setting my camera on the sports setting, I was able to capture the birds in mid air. I took hundreds of photos. I was so excited to be able to capture so many photos of the little birds. At home I would spend hours just trying to get one good photo and here I had endless opportunities.

It was so very cool!!

Hummingbirds - fascinating creatures

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This shows the hummingbird feeders that were hung over the back deck.I found that by using the sports setting on my camera I could capture the hummingbirds in mid air.It was fascinating to watch the hummingbirds feed.We were out on the deck all afternoon and there were always birds at the feeders.
This shows the hummingbird feeders that were hung over the back deck.
This shows the hummingbird feeders that were hung over the back deck. | Source
I found that by using the sports setting on my camera I could capture the hummingbirds in mid air.
I found that by using the sports setting on my camera I could capture the hummingbirds in mid air.
It was fascinating to watch the hummingbirds feed.
It was fascinating to watch the hummingbirds feed.
We were out on the deck all afternoon and there were always birds at the feeders.
We were out on the deck all afternoon and there were always birds at the feeders.

Hummingbird Feeders

It is so much fun to watch hummingbirds at their feeders. I have one in my backyard and look forward each year to seeing those fascinating little birds. I make my own hummingbird food by mixing 1 part sugar to 3 parts boiling water. I let it cool and then add to the feeders. The hummingbirds seem to enjoy it.

Aspects HummZinger HighView 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
Aspects HummZinger HighView 12 oz Hanging Hummingbird Feeder

This type of feeder works well to attract hummingbirds and keep away ants and bees.


Lake and Fishing boat - quiet scene

Our friend told us that people often fish in his little lake and the fishing is pretty good. Although we didn't fish on our visit, I can see where it would be a nice relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

Purple Iris down by the Lake

This beautiful purple iris was planted near the lake.

Peach Iris

This beautiful iris is a pale peach color.

Irises are grown from rhizomes ( a type of bulb-root) and their beautiful blooms usually last from 1-3 weeks. In Missouri they are seen in bloom in the late springtime.

Stately Purple Iris - flag

I love this dark purple iris.

Missing Missouri - country song

Here is a great song by Sarah Evans entitled Missing Missouri.

Peonies in the Country

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Reflections in the Lake - trees reflecting

The trees make great reflections in the lake. It was great to walk down to the lake and just watch the quiet movement of the water. I found some peaceful scenes to photograph.

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      4 years ago

      What a peaceful feeling I now have for spending time walking down to the lake with you! I love those hummingbirds!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      This was a delightful tour of country pleasures in Missouri. We have a friend just south of St. Louis but we usually visit him in the fall.

      Loved your iris and peony photos.

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      Yvonne L B 

      8 years ago from Covington, LA

      Great shots of the hummers and the flowers. My Mom grew beautiful bearded irises like the ones in your photos. We're just 300 miles south of where I grew up and the bearded irises just won't bloom. Lensrolled to Hummingbirds and Gardening for them.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful to be able to watch the hummingbirds like that. It cetainly seems a beautiful relaxing place by the lake. Great photo's.

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      8 years ago

      We love hummingbirds and need to cultivate our plants in the backyard to attract more of them.

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      8 years ago

      I feel like I'm a little bit warmed up from this cold winter weather now! Beautiful photos.

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      9 years ago

      Very nice lens - great photography

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      9 years ago

      Wow! I love the hummingbirds... so many! I love the flowers too! Great photos!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      Love this lens! Beautiful pictures! I love hummingbirds and peonies! I have a step brother who lives in Missouri, but I've never been there.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Gorgeous photos! Hummingbirds are fascinating to watch.

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      9 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lens and thanks for featuring my hummingbirds.



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