Japanese Garden Lake

Missouri Botanical Garden

A walk through the Missouri Botanical Garden is interesting just about any time of the year. The daylilies in the Japanese Garden down by the lake are a perfect example. The well trimmed Japanese Garden is probably the most popular part of the Botanical Garden with a lake bridges, and exotic plants.

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Garden of Harmony and Peace

Missouri Botanical Garden

Zig Zag Bridge at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden

Dedicated in 1977, our 14-acre Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America, represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences.

Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beaches and islands, the Japanese Garden invites visitors to experience the thrill of personal interpretation and discovery in a serene landscape that’s uniquely beautiful in every season.

Linnean House

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at 4344 Shaw Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri. It is also known informally as Shaw’s Garden for founder and philanthropist Henry Shaw.

Built in 1882, the Linnean House (also “Linnæan House” in some historical references) is the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River. It is the only remaining greenhouse at the Garden that was built during Henry Shaw’s day. It was designed by noted architect George I. Barnett, as were its two “sister” greenhouses in Tower Grove Park, the palm house and the plant house.

Observation Deck

Sunflower Fields

4,256-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a  preserve located on the south side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River. Annually they plant Sunflower fields for residents to explore and photograph. In the photo is an observation deck that makes an interesting addition to the photo.

Columbia Bottom is for those who love wide, open spaces. It’s located in a floodplain at the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the two largest in North America. The area features a paved, level hiking and biking trail that partially traverses the area with an out-and-back path. The trail, and much of the Columbia Bottom Area itself, has been reshaped by the dynamic forces of nature through recurring flooding. A boat ramp enables boaters and anglers to put in to the Missouri River, and a separate access gets paddlers onto the Mississippi.

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Daylilies at The Cascades

Daylilies in front of another Forest Park icon. In the background is a waterfall which may be the parks most prominent feature. Some of my earliest memories are of climbing up to the top to see where it was coming from. Now every photographer in the world is here doing wedding shots for their clients.  Also known as “The Cascades,” they are 85 years old this year.


The Nathan Frank Bandstand is one of the interesting in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

The original bandstand on this site was built around the time Forest Park opened in 1876. Constructed of wood, it was renovated for the 1904 World’s Fair and was one of the Fair’s most photographed structures. Concerts held there were popular attractions and were continued for several years after the Fair. It closed in 1911 for repairs but was destroyed not long after by a storm and fire.

The site stood empty until 1924, when St. Louis lawyer Nathan Frank donated $50,000 to erect a new bandstand, making the first private gift to a St. Louis park. It was dedicated in 1925. Of classic Renaissance design, the new bandstand was designed by Heffensteller, Hirsch and Watson and made of white marble with bronze railings and ornaments.

Great Egret

Forest Park in St. Louis has an open air theater with a lake in front of it. I was walking to the lake when, coming around some shrubbery, I almost ran into this Egret. The Egret did not flinch. He gave me some poses and then flew down into the lake. A very obliging bird.

When traveling to St. Louis, Forest Park is a very impressive place. Visit our Zoo, several museums, Science Center or take in a show at the Muny.

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Saint Boogie

VP Parade

A crowd in downtown is serenaded as they had a quick breakfast and organized for their  annual parade. In the background is the old St. Louis Courthouse.  This is the site of the Dred Scott case which contributed to the start of the Civil War and now acts as an historic museum sitting in front of the Gateway Arch.

The parade is the largest in the midwest and dates back almost to the time of Dred Scott. Once everyone finishes their breakfast, they will be briefed on the days events and man floats, cars, mounted brigades and more!

Saint Boogie was a pleasant surprise that morning.

Old Barn

Beau Eaux Hunt

This is a follow-up to the previous post. The Midwest is filled with very flat farmland as shown in the previous post and gentle rolling hills as shown here. As our old barns are disappearing, our scenic landscape is changing.

Regardless, driving through our picturesque Midwest is a way to experience spacious farmlands,  old structures and quaint towns.

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Rural America

If you are traveling by by car for vacation this summer, this may be a scene you see repeatedly on the highway. Our Midwest can be a place of beauty with interesting scenes around every corner.

Be sure to visit: Rural Missouri for more scenes like this. Click on the photo for purchase options.

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