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We stopped at Rocky Falls because I wanted to get a reading for a Milky Way shot later this month. There was only one family there but this is a local favorite and can fill up by noon. From Rocky Falls Shut-ins you have a 4 min, 2.1-mile drive to your turn off to Klepzig Mill. Turn left on County Road #522. This dirt road can be very muddy and is narrow, not recommended for large motor homes or trailers. Klepzig Mill is less than a mile on the right. There is no sign or defined parking area, and it's easy to miss in summer vegetation, so watch carefully. This is a rough road, not the worst I have been on but just a heads up. However, if you take the road, there is a two car parking area right next to the Mill.
The first time I visited this Mill I hiked to it from Rocky Falls. Great hike for the adventurer. Hike from Rocky Falls along the Ozark Trail, or park at the end of the pavement on NN and walk up the dirt road. It is in a spectacular setting, surrounded by the Rhyolite rock of the "shut-in" canyon made by Rocky Creek.While we were there three 4-wheel gators pulled up loaded with sightseers. It appears a local company offers guided tours to this area now.
This first image was taken looking southeast at the mill. It was 9:30 AM or 8:30 AM by sun time. The morning sun had not cleared the tops of the trees yet. My last visit was in October of 2011 and the area was rich in fall colors. The shut-ins surrounding this area is (for me) the highlight of this location. The Rhyolite rock has a red/mauve color to it. Rhyolite is an igneous, volcanic rock, of felsic composition. It can be white, light-grey, or pink. It may have any texture from glassy to aphanitic to porphyritic. The mineral assemblage is usually quartz, sanidine, and plagioclase. Biotite and hornblende are common accessory minerals. It is the extrusive equivalent to granite.
|Nikon D850, Sigma Art 24-105mm-f/4, f/7.1, 1/200sec, ISO 160, EV -0.67|
|Nikon D850, Sigma Art 24-105mm-f/4, f/11, 1/30sec, ISO 400, EV +0.67|
|Nikon D850, Sigma Art 24-105mm-f/4, f/16, 2.5sec, ISO 100, EV, 6-Stop ND Filter|