Fading of the Golden Hour

Last rays of sunshine transition from a colorful sunset to the blue sky of dusk. North Bay in Wisconsin shelters the waters of Lake Michigan so you have a slow rolling surf able to reflect the colorful sky.

A special time to take photographs is during the “golden hour,” 30 minutes before and after sunset. This allows for more colors and no harsh shadows. Next comes the “Blue Hour” when, if you have a tripod, you can capture some very special photos.

Top Deck

Top Deck Restaurant on the grounds of Gordon Lodge. When in Door County, Wisconsin, this should be a #1 spot for dinner. For being on the east side of the peninsula, it has wonderful view of the sunset. The evening we had dinner there, there was a continuous orange glow on the horizon.  This is the view by boat taken just as the sun was setting.

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Chaumette

Missouri has a long history of being a first class wine producing state. The St. Louis area has many great wineries near-by and this is one of my favorite. Chaumette Vinyards and Winery is located in scenic Ste. Genevieve county and features great wine, dining and “chalets” for overnight stays. This is the main building for the winery and is designed after the local “French Creole Colonial” architecture brought to the area by the original settlers.

This photo is a three shot HDR photo which gives it its distinct look.

Shaw Home Projection

In a unique exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden, graphics were projected onto the Henry Shaw home on the grounds. This sight and sound event was quite an experience. Here photography is allowed but no tripods. A group of us were lucky enough to photograph with tripods so I could capture this photo at night.

Road to the future

A path coming out of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Climatron makes an interesting scene. The Garden was specially lit for an event they called Flora Borialis featuring laser light displays and and speakers throughout the park for special sound effects. This all made for an eerie walk in the park.

Archways at Missouri Botanical Garden’s Flora Borealis

Several times a year the Botanical Garden hosts these extensive displays. Flora Borealis is a dramatic light and sound show that winds around the grounds featuring laser lights and an extensive sound system. I had the opportunity to tour the grounds with other photographers and a special guide that showed us photographic opportunities. If you are interested in taking more than iPhone photos, be sure to check out Missouri Botanical Garden’s website for the photo opportunities.

Sunflowers

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.

Puttin on the dog

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.

Museum of the Dog