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Sunset at the Arch

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch makes a great subject for photography with endless possibilities. This photo was taken from a viewing platform in East St. Louis, Illinois. The platform gives various heights for a good angle. However, there are power lines and other structures in the way so it is not possible to get a “clean” photo of the St. Louis skyline. This is a three shot HDR photo edited in Lightroom, Aurora HDR and Photoshop. Photoshop was used to remove the obstructions but I did not spend the time to do a clean edit and you can see some lines in the sky. These should be able to be cleaned up.

This is a “go back” place. That is, going back to a favorite location usually give you the opportunity improve your version of the scene.


Yesterday I posted a photo of Fred, a Basset Hound I helped rescue last summer. Here is his sister Ethel. The two were found with no collars, tags or other form of id. While they were in my care they were nameless. They are a bonded pair and stuck to each other like glue so Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, the group that found them their permanent home, named them Fred and Ethel. They are now living in a rural area west of Chicago.


Fred taking it easy in St. Louis’ Forest Park. I miss Fred and his sister Ethel. I met them when I offered to take them off the hands of a friend that found them in her yard. They had no tags, no names. I am involved with a Basset Rescue Group called Guardian Angel Basset Rescue and offered to take the two mysterious hounds and, if no one claimed them, I would get them to GABR. They lived with me for a week and were perfect guests. I already have a Basset Hound so the two visitors got along well with Dixie. We went for walks, visited Forest Park and they loved to play in the back yard with Dixie. I usually have two bassets but three was too many so they had to go to GABR to find their permanent home where someone could give them the attention the needed.

No one claimed them so GABR named the couple Fred and Ethel and found their “forever home” quickly.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Republican National Convention

As promised from the previous post, here is the front of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum is on a harbor on Lake Erie and is in a cluster of other museums and parks. The front is this glass pyramid with an unusual structure in the back.

Republican National Convention

Here is the back side of the museum and the harbor. The museum is the odd looking building in the center with the Cleveland skyline in the background.

“No, we ain’t gonna take it”

Now for something a little different… This is a little stairway going up to a cramped display area in the top of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The R&R Hall of Fame is this sort of pyramid building with smaller spaces towards the top. Working our way through the building towards the top, we found this little stairway with a line from a Twisted Sisters song. It was dark in there so it was a difficult shot. Here are the settings: 18mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec., 1600 ISO.

I will post an outside photo of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for my next post.

From Twisted Sister

Oh, we’re not gonna take it
No, we ain’t gonna take it
Oh, we’re not gonna take it anymore

Sunset on the Past

The Chain of Rocks Bridge allowed the famous Route 66 to cross the Mississippi River near St. Louis. Now it is closed to automobile traffic and is a bike/walking path. The castle like structure is a water intake for the City of St. Louis water supply. These structures are on the northern edge of the city near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Spiral Staircase

Strathalbyn Winter Hunt

I always liked this scene of the back door to a local hunt club. The lower level is a living room area with a large fireplace in the center. The spiral staircase leads up to a children’s playroom. The front of the property is on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and the clubhouse is surrounded by horse barns and pastures.

Clamorgan Alley


Clamorgan Alley is located on the original town of St. Louis as it was founded. Two blocks to the right is the Mississippi River and we are looking at the Gateway Arch. Over the past two centuries millions of people would have passed through on their we to find fame and fortune in the west. Clamorgan himself was a wealthy fur trader and my own ancestors landed here to make this their home.

Now the alley is a shortcut into the many restaurants and nightclubs in the area.

Veni, Vidi, Vici

A post from last year….

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Bellefontaine Cemetery

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.

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Missouri Botanical Garden

This is one of my favorite scenes at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. Every Christmas season they decorate the grounds for an event called the “Garden Glow.” As always this is an extravaganza of sights and sounds. You can follow the trails around the grounds for one amazing holiday scene after another. In front of the Climatron the reflecting pools are filled with glowing displays that flash to the sounds of the “Home Alone” and Trans-Siberian Orchestra soundtracks. I never realized how good these recordings were until I visited the Garden Glow.

This little display is hidden in a doorway of the gatehouse to the original property. This is a reminder to take your time and inspect things from various angles when photographing a subject.

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