If you explore around Forest Park in St. Louis you will find this scenic suspension bridge just east of the Grand Basin. This was a very cold morning after a light snow in St. Louis. The fresh snow made for some great photographs..
It snowed last night so I thought I would go to Forest Park this morning to take a few photos. The Nathan Frank Bandstand in front of the Municipal Opera is always a good subject and this morning it looked great!
This is a three shot HDR photo edited in Lightroom and Aurora. Not much had to be adjusted and this is pretty much the way it looked in person.
The family that runs Herbst Farms generously allow the Three Creek Basset hunting group to use their land twice a year. Everyone goes all out for an afternoon of chasing rabbits. The event usually requires 12 to 18 Basset Hounds to track the varmints. Since the hounds are off leash a group of people including this gentleman are required to keep an eye on everything to make sure no one goes astray.
One of Missouri’s great wineries is Chaumette in St. Genevieve. On the grounds they have cabins or “Chalets” where you can spend the night. When we go there we like Chalet 21 where you can sit out on the deck and watch the sunset or sunrise in addition to a stunning view of the area.
This is a three shot HDR photo processed in Lightroom and Photomatix. Click here for more information on HDR photography
When visiting Bellefontaine Cemetery I always have to stop by an pay my respects to Adolphus Busch, the co-founder of Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the manufacturer of one of my favorite beverages. Even better, our families have been friends for several generations so when when visiting a member of the family, a bottle of bud was always “on the house.” Members of the family always received about 10 free cases of Budweiser a week regardless of where they lived.
This is a 3 shot HDR photo processed in Lightroom. This cemetery is a must for Photographers and open to the public.
Veni, Vidi, Vici is engraved above the door of Adolphus Busch’s Mausoleum, the subject of this photo. It means: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered.
Along with snow, rain and ice, the Midwest winter has treated us to some fantastic sunsets. This is out near Farmington, Missouri where we were out with the Bassets which gives us a good reason to get outside and enjoy the countryside.
The Bald Eagle, our national emblem, is an easily recognizable and spectacular bird. It has a dark brown body and wings and a white head and tail. Its legs and feet are bright yellow, as is its large, hooked bill. Its piercing eyes are light yellow. Females are larger than males, weigh from 10-14 pounds, and have a 6½- to 7-foot wingspan. Males usually weigh from 8-10 pounds and have a 6- to 6½-foot wingspan. Juveniles (one-year old birds) and sub-adults (birds up to four years of age) are brown, with varying degrees of white mottling below. Young eagles do not reach full adult plumage until they are 4-6 years old. Bald Eagles may live up to 40 years.
During the winter the Bald Eagle can be found along the Mississippi River in Missouri and during the summer you find them in Vilas and Onida Counties in Northern Wisconsin. This bird was photographed on the grounds of The Point Hotel & Resort on Lake Minocqua. There are so many of these birds in this area that 172 nests have been counted in Vilas County and 154 nests in Onida County. This may be the best place in the country to see the magnificent birds.
Take Highway 51 north out of Wausau, Wisconsin and farmland will turn to woods which will soon be surrounded by scenic lakes. Here you will be in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is a view from the Highway 51 bridge of a sunrise on Lake Minocqua.
This bridge, crossing into the town of Minocqua has plenty of space on either side for walking and taking photos. Instead of a tripod you can simply support your camera on the rail to steady the camera. Just do not take the image while a truck is crossing or your photo will be blurred!
An eclectic entrepreneur in my home town of University City (part of St. Louis, MO), thought it would be a great idea to run a trolley up and down our downtown area. 50 million dollars (of taxpayer money) later they have two of these running. The “Loop Trolleys” are now running, taking us back to another time.
I received a last minute invitation to visit the Missouri Governor at his home in Jefferson City, Missouri for some Christmas Cheer! This is the view of building from new the bluffs where it overlooks the Missouri River. Since it was built in 1871, the Missouri Governor’s Mansion has been the official residence of Missouri’s Governors. On a visit to the home, guests can travel back in time and experience a piece of the state’s past.
The Missouri Governor’s Mansion is one of the oldest and most beautiful governors’ homes in the U.S., and the public can enjoy the history that is showcased within its walls. The home hosts more than 60,000 visitors annually.