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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.

Snowy bridge

The lines of the foot bridge in Forest Park always make it an interesting subject. We have been receiving a lot of snow over the past few days so I headed over to the park to see if there were any interesting shots. Down, at my feet were  bunch of geese honking at me (you can see them in the previous post). The low clouds took any interesting contrast out of the sky but over all, I took some interesting photos.


With snow predicted, I thought it might be a good day to go out to Forest Park and see if there was anything to photograph. The geese and ducks seemed to be settled in due to the bad weather but the big white goose seemed intent on following me as  walked along the shore.

This is a nice area in the park as it is between the Grand Basin and Boathouse restaurant. The suspension footbridge always makes a nice backdrop or subject.

Henry Shaw Home

Missouri Botanical Garden

Henry Shaw inhabited the west wing of this house, which boasts ceilings over 12 feet high downstairs and over 15 feet high upstairs. Authentic deep moldings and ornate woodwork are unique to the original structure. The east side was the servants’ wing in Shaw’s time. The house has undergone many changes over the years. In 1890, the east side was completely rebuilt, and running water and gas service were added. Electricity was added in 1912 and a stucco exterior was applied in 1918.

After 100 years of use as a private home, school, dormitory, and office building, the house underwent meticulous renovation. Furniture and materials once belonging to Shaw were located and returned. It opened to the public in 1953. Tower Grove House was rededicated on October 29, 2005 after another period of extensive restoration. The house has been restored to reflect Shaw’s original country home. Many of the 19th century furnishings belonged to Shaw; others are of the same era.

See more Christmas photos and more form the Missouri Botanical Garden:


Christmas Lights

Missouri Botanical Garden

This is fun building on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This gatehouse was constructed in 1895 in accordance with Henry Shaw’s will, which provided a residence for the groundskeeper of the mausoleum, museum building, and surrounding area. During the the Christmas season it is worth exploring to find some hidden displays.

Kirkwood Station

Kirkwood Station

The Kirkwood station is a busy place with families traveling to meet with friends and family for the holidays.

This photo was something of a surprise. When this was taken, the sun was down and it was dark outside. Three exposures were taken, one under exposed, one over exposed and one at standard exposure. These were combined with this result. For more information on this technique, see my HDR Tutorial.

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