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My family went for an early evening hike around Engelmann Woods Natural Area today.

This is an area of dense and hilly woods on the Missouri River bluffs not too far from Eureka, Missouri. A strenuous up-and-down walk, I must say. Towards the end, I was despairing of getting any good photographs, but fortunately there was an access road to some hillside houses right by the woods. A drive down that took me to the sunset you see here.

While I was taking this shot, I heard a rustling by my feet and looked down to see this.This grumpy looking toad looked as if he could do with this meal, but he didn't dare move while I was there. Once I set off, I heard him jump away behind me.