Kansas City Skyline

One of the best places to photograph the Kansas City skyline is from the International World War I Museum and Memorial. It is high on a hill overlooking Union Station with downtown nicely centered behind. It is a spectacular view!

Countryside

After weeks of rain, snow and freezing weather for the past few weeks, it is time to get out into the countryside. Even in the dead of winter, there are beautiful colors and landscapes to photograph. This is a three shot HDR photo processed in Lightroom and Photomatix to help bring out the natural color and contrasts.

An afternoon with the hounds

Out for our weekly trek with the hounds allowing us to visit the scenic countryside in St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Basset Hounds are bred to hunt rabbits and other small animals. The hounds are low to the ground and very powerful allowing them to move in and out of brush with ease. They unexpectedly disappear and then reappear from the hedgerow down the road. The rabbits always give the Bassets a good run but outsmart them in the end.

Chuck

One of the “claims to fame” of my home town of University City, Missouri is that Chuck Berry lived near-by and performed here regularly. Here is a statue of him across the street from Blueberry Hill where you could find him about once a month until about the last year of his life.

Hunting in the fall

Here is a hunter putting his decoys out in front of a blind. These days out in the country can be more scenic than expected with the contrasting colors and beautiful skies. Much hunting is done at sunrise or sunset providing a beautiful setting.

Bassets on the run

This is one of my favorite recent photos taken while observing these Basset Hounds showing off their tracking skills. When processing the pictures from that day I did not remember any bassets being chased by horses. What was happening was that, while cutting through this pasture, the Bassets were running to join another group of hounds and the horses were following to see what everyone was up to.

Bedtime for Wild Ducks

A friend let me stop by his farm to photograph the ducks coming in at night. This is an area in the Mississippi “Fly Way” that the ducks follow from North America and Canada. On this day these guys would have traveled hundreds of miles and by the time the sun sets, this waterway will be full of ducks. At night it sounds like a wild party where hundreds of people are having a very good time!

Fall in the Park

One of the more spectacular areas in Forest Park is the Grand Basin with it’s 8 fountains and the Art Museum towering above. However, I like this quite area just to the east of the Basin. This is one of two waterways that allow you to take a paddle boat to the Grand Basin and the foot of Art Hill. The suspension bridge is always visible from a distance and makes for an interesting setting. Always bring your camera to Forest Park!