A few weeks ago, Nathan Papes, and I decided to venture down to the St. Francis River in south east Missouri for the 2011 MO White Water Championships. We arrived early to scope out a few shooting positions as a small crowd gathered for the days events. Neither one of us had attended the event in the past, so the experience was new and exciting. The crowd began to grow through out the morning as advanced and beginner competitors barreled their way through the class-3 rapids. The competitors were timed as they navigated through the slalom course on the river. After Lunch we headed off to enjoy some of the other beautiful Nation Parks in the area before heading back to Springfield. Here are a few of the pictures that I took that morning.