Photography fun in Missouri

A week ago I went on a much needed family vacation to Branson, Missouri.  My mom and dad drove in, while my husband, daughter and I flew into Branson.  (I gotta say, Branson has the cutest little airport I’ve ever seen!)

I’d never been to Branson before, and quite honestly, I had kind of thought of Branson as a place people my parent’s age went to have fun (no offense mom and dad!).  It turns out that there were actually quite of few things to do there for the whole family and some beautiful landscapes accented by Autumn’s colors.

Do Landscape Photographers Get Vacations?

Sure, kind of…?!?

The times I travel somewhere out of my normal geographical area, my eyes are especially sensitive to looking for new sights and places to photograph.  Over time, I’ve become better at knowing whether a scene will translate well from the “real” world to print, and if it’s worth investing time at a certain location.  This is important, especially when you have four other people in the car waiting on you and one of them is a 5 year old!  (There are some negatives to only having ONE car on vacation!)  Eventually, I just took over driving while looking for locations to shoot.  It is a lot easier than “DAD STOP THE CAR!” once you’re already past a scenic location.

All humor aside, Missouri really did have some beautiful rolling hills, cliffs, and valleys full of Fall colors.  I was also able to capture a couple of images from inside Marvel Cave.  It was challenging, as I didn’t have a tripod, it was DARK, and we were almost constantly moving on our tour.  But, the cave especially was full of beautiful textures that I really enjoyed capturing.  I hope you enjoy these images from Branson and the surrounding area.

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