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Forest Park

Interesting clouds circle the Nathan Frank Bandstand in Forest Park. This lake and bandstand sit in front of the Forest Park’s Municipal (Muni) Opera. This is an amphitheatre located in St. Louis, Missouri with that seats 11,000 people with about 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows that are available on a first come, first served basis. The Muny seasons run every year from mid-June to mid-August.

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Stunning light display at Missouri Botanical Garden

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One of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s more interesting events is its winter Garden Glow. Bright displays are setup and visitors can walk the grounds to view them and in some cases become part of them for group photos. People can also stop at kiosks for hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night or a bit stronger refreshment.

Recently they have been projecting light shows on the side of Henry Shaw’s home with Christmas and seasonal scenes. The grounds of the Garden include Henry Shaw’s research facility and his home. The photo above is from this year’s event and shows a laser projection where you can see the windows of the home showing through.

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Fall at the St. Louis Art Museum

Forest Park

The St. Louis Art Museum with fall trees on the right and St. Louis’ namesake, King Louis IX of France, on the left. This is at the top of the iconic Art Hill, whose spectacular view is the site of picnickers during the summer and sleigh riding during the winter. These trees always are the highlight of fall color during the season and are worth the drive to see them.

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Fall color in Forest Park

Every fall these trees turn a stunning color of red acting as a fall backdrop to Forest Park’s Nathan Frank Bandstand. This is in front of the Municipal Opera in the park.

An early morning vist to the park can be rewarded with scenes like this with lakes like glass and a normally busy central area in the park very quiet.

The Nathan Frank Bandstand, which is surrounded by a moat across from The Muny in Forest Park, was built in 1925 and underwent a major renovation in 1993 by Forest Park Forever.

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The Hardy Gallery on Anderson Dock

Anderson Dock

A rare example where graffiti is an accepted part of an attraction is at Anderson Dock in Door County. A posted sign notes that boaters have “signed” the dockside warehouse walls for years with the’r boats’ names and the year that they docked. “We encourage boaters and visitors to continue the tradition by being creative but tasteful.”  There is an Anderson Historic District within the village that includes Anderson Dock, the Anderson Gas Station Gallery, the Anderson Ice House, and the Anderson Family Homestead.

Inside of the building on Anderson Dock is tthe Hardy Gallery. An art gallery with interesting displays. The whole area is impressive and a “must visit” when you are in the town of Ephriam, Wisconsin.

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Anderson Dock

Fall in Missouri

Fall is a nice time to explore rural areas. This is in an area in Missouri called Defiance, an interesting area that includes Daniel Boone’s home, wineries, the Katy Trail and much more.

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Wineries in Ste. Genevieve County

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Missouri wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in Missouri. German immigrants in the early-to-mid-19th century founded the wine industry in Missouri, resulting in its wine corridor being called the Missouri “Rhineland”. Later Italian immigrants also entered wine production. In the mid-1880s, more wine was produced by volume in Missouri than in any other state.

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri is now developing its wineries with great wines, food and views. One of my favorites is Chaumette, with a first rate reastarant, a nice wine selection and a spectacular view of the ozark rolling hills. Lunch out on their deck cannot be beat. The above photo is from my table on the deck.

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Moonrise over Lake Michigan

The moon always looks larger on horizon and when you have a clear view of the horizon, like looking out over Lake Michigan, it is spectacular. Looking up the time of moonrise, you know when to expect it. Watching, a narrow white sliver appear and then it’s large body overwhelms the horizon.

This is a view over Lake Michigan near Baleys Harbor, Wisconsin.

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Visit Door County Light Houses

Stergeon Bay Canal Light

The Sturgeon Bay east west Canal North Pierhead Light is a lighthouse located on Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. Painted red, the light is situated on the north pier of the southern entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. If yoy visit you can walk out on the concrete support to get a closer look.

Door county is a great place to explore lighthouses. There are two others that I like to explore: Cana Island Lighthouse and Eagle Bluff Light in Penninsula Park. You can actually go inside those and climb up to the top.

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Take a walk in this scenic Door County area

This is one of Door County’s most interesting parks. Cave Point County Park is revered by divers, photographers, swimmers, hikers, and all who visit. The beautifully carved rock faces lining the blue waters of Lake Michigan are quintessentially Door County. While not a state or national park, Cave Point has no shortage of majesty. Local county officials preserve the park, offering free admission to the picnic areas, trails, and spectacular views just up the beach from Whitefish Dunes State Park.

This is one of the trails that parallels Lake Michigan with a view of underwater caves and limestone cliffs along the scenic lake. Follow it to explore the area and vistas of Lake Michigan. While walking you will experience waves crashing along the bluff and the spray of water.

I stopped by the park just after sunrise to capture some photos of the area. After taking a few shots I realized that I needed a wider lens to capture the beauty of the area. Swapping lenses, I was able to get this photo with a wide 14mm lens showing the path and the lake with the bright sunshine causing a glare.

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