P-51 Mustang

Air shows give you a unique opportunity to photograph unique aircraft. One of the great opportunities is the daredevil pilots will fly very low to the ground to give you a shot that looks like you are up there with them. This photo was taken at the Scott Air Force Base air show. The P-51 Mustang was one of the most popular fighters used during WWII with regular use through the 80’s.

MIG-17 at Scott AFB Air Show

Every few years the nearby Scott Air Force Base holds an open house and a nice air show with a wide variety of military aircraft. This MIG-17 was the most unique thing flying that day. It looked like a cockpit mounted on a jet engine. However, this was a very deadly aircraft against an adversary.

See more photos of the show, including the Thunderbirds: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Events/Air-Shows/Scott-AFB-Air-SHow-2017/

Porsche 911 Carrera

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera at St. Louis’ European car show. Lots of cool street and exotic cars at this event and it would actually take all day to see everything. Here is a link to more photos from this event: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Events/St-Louis-European-Car-Show-201/

Aston Martin DB6

007’s famed Aston Martin? No, this is a later model at the St. Louis European Auto Show. James Bond had an Aston Martin DB5 and this is a DB6. No machine guns in the headlights or side ramrod/grinder or ejection seat or bullet proof shield in this one.

I did some research and found that the Aston Martin people liked the DB5 and since it was made so popular in the movie, they had no plans to change it. However, the DB5 was a new design and its new form caused the back end to raise up at high speed with unfortunate results. They put the car in a wind tunnel, made some changes and called the new version the DB6.

By the way, there were multiple Aston Martins owned by the studio that made the movies so there was not a single “Bond” car.

European Car Show

This is an entry in St. Louis’ European Car Show. Today is their annual show with lots of cool cars like this. Hopefully I will find something interesting to post here in the next few days.

This is a photo from their 2014 show, processed in Topaz Impression. See more photos: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Events/St-Louis-European-Car-Show-201/

Drunken Fish

While walking around the Central West End in St. Louis, this looked like a pretty good subject for a photo. The Central West End has lots of interesting restaurants, stores and people. As noted in the previous photo, we had lunch at Llywelyn’s with my wife and our Basset Hounds and then walked for a few blocks to see the sights! Watch for the hounds in my next post.

Llywelyn’s

On Memorial Day I took my wife and Basset Hounds to lunch in St. Louis’ Central West End. This is an eclectic area with lots of interesting restaurants, shops and people. Llywelyn’s is an old restaurant in the area with good food. While we had lunch, the dogs did a little people watching!

Lumberjack Steam Train

In Laona Wisconsin, you will find the Lumberjack Steam Train. This actual steam train will take you back in time to an actual logging camp in Northern Wisconsin. This is the back-end of the train disappearing into the woods.

Lily Pads

Northern Wisconsin features over 3200 lakes streams and rivers. Also, these areas feature these beautiful marshes. Walk some of the back woods trails and take in the nature.