I got to make a long overdue trip to the world class St. Louis Zoo last Saturday. It was a trip worth waiting for. Even though it was chilly, and a lot of the animals were not out, I managed to get some good shots. Take a look.
One last post from the journey west. We made a side trip to Giant Springs on the Missouri River. Giant Springs was discovered by Lewis and Clark. According to the park ranger, the springs discharge approximately 1/6 of the total volume of the Missouri River. The water that feeds the springs comes from the Little Belt Mountains some 60 miles away. According to geologists, the water takes almost 2900 years to travel underground before reaching the springs. So the water in the spring today fell as rain or snow in the mountains in the year 887!
The water stays at a constant 54 degrees (at least during the summer!) and is home to some magnificent trout as you can see below. The springs are the headwaters of the Roe river, listed in the Guiness World Book of Records as the shortest river in the world, at 200 feet long.
A view east along the Roe River, the shortest river in the world. The Missouri River is in the background.
The confluence of the Roe (foreground) and Missouri Rivers.
There is a trout hatchery at the springs. These are some of the future denizens of the Missouri River.
The water of the springs is crystal clear!
Another fat trout hovering over the springs outflow.