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.

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

New Kiener Plaza

The new Kiener Plaza opens this space while giving the nice view of the Old Courthouse and Arch. It was pretty cold this day so there were not many people in the new area. This view gives a nice perspective of the leading lines of the pavement directing the view to the Arch.

New view of Downtown St. Louis is available through arch grounds rennovation

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.

Reflecting pool

The St. Louis Arch grounds have been totally redesigned with an expansion of the underground museum and some enhanced vistas. This is one of two reflecting pools which seem to be as they were in the past. The Arch and its grounds are interesting subjects for photographers of all skills.

Reflecting Pond

International World War I Memorial

This is the opposite view of the previous photo. The memorial faces Kansas City’s Union Station and is on a steep hill so as you  walk towards the memorial you can turn around for a spectacular view of the KC skyline. This is a hand held, three shot photo taken while walking up the hill. See how this type of photo is processed:  https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

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!

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.