Sunny Sunflowers always seem to make an interesting picture. I have been keeping a lookout for several years for a local patch and found these at Columbia Bottoms nature preserve in St. Louis County, MO. This is right at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers which makes it a special area.
This is part of the AKC Museum of the Dog in Queeny Park. If you look off to the right, you can see the constellation Canis Major (which contains the Dog Star, Sirius) above the main entrance to the museum. This day I was with a bunch Basset Hound lovers checking out the museum and and raising money for a Basset rescue group. This was the home of Edgar Queeny, son of the founder of Monsanto and who donated his property to St. Louis County for the creation of this fabulous park.
1952 Aston Martin DB2 at St. Louis’ European Auto Show. This car was produced in the mid ’50s. and a predecessor to James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 was something of a failure because the rear end tended to rise at high speeds. The car was redesigned, tested in a wind tunnel called the DB6. Click here for more photos from the car show.
Beautiful Porsche 356 sitting by it’s self at St. Louis’ European Auto Show. This is a 1959 version. To see more from the car show, Click Here.
This is Yo Yo the narrator for Circus Flora. Circus Flora is a one ring circus that annually tells a story through their acts. Here Yo Yo is watching The Flying Wallendas execute their high wire acts with precision. Yo Yo seems satisfied with the performance while the audience stares with amazement.
At a circus like this you have to have a pretty good camera. No flashes are allowed as one unexpected distraction could spell disaster for a high wire or trapeze artist. You will need a 50 – 150mm zoom lens on a camera that can handle high ISO such as 2000. Leave the flash at home and turn off any focus assist with a light.
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This area of the Missouri Botanical Garden is a popular place to visit. When the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom the setting with the bridge is worth a spring visit! See more photos of our Botanical Garden: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Missouri-Botanical-Garden/
Dedicated in 1977, the 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.
There are lots of photo opportunities in this area including several bridges, a dock, overlooks and, of course, the plants.
Cityscapes provide a nice view of metropolitan areas. For Kansas City, a great place to photograph the city is from their World War I memorial. Built on a high hill, your get a spectacular view of their Union Station with their downtown in the background.
With the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds, you can now get a beautiful shot of the Old Courthouse with many of the city’s landmark buildings in the background. In the past, there was a highway at the spot this photo was taken.