Sunset in Door County

During the Midwest’s hot summer months heading “Up North” is a good place to get relief. The northern lakes of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are beautiful places to visit. For photographers and those that just like sunsets, the evening lighting  adds to the relaxing environment. Due to the angle of the sun in these northern latitudes the sunsets last long and provides nice light for photographers.

This is a handheld shot: ISO 1000, 26mm, f2.8, 1/200 sec. Be sure to click on the image to enlarge.

Miss Fleur De Lis

Katie Moeller, Miss Fleur De Lis, at the 2017 VP Parade. The VP Parade (America’s Birthday Parade) is one of the premier events in the United States. This was the 135 year of this parade and was televised in over 60 cities.

Miss Moeller was on of about 10 Miss America Pageant members who participated.  Last year I featured Miss River City in the this parade.

Porsche 911 Carrera

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera at St. Louis’ European car show. Lots of cool street and exotic cars at this event and it would actually take all day to see everything. Here is a link to more photos from this event: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Events/St-Louis-European-Car-Show-201/

Aston Martin DB6

007’s famed Aston Martin? No, this is a later model at the St. Louis European Auto Show. James Bond had an Aston Martin DB5 and this is a DB6. No machine guns in the headlights or side ramrod/grinder or ejection seat or bullet proof shield in this one.

I did some research and found that the Aston Martin people liked the DB5 and since it was made so popular in the movie, they had no plans to change it. However, the DB5 was a new design and its new form caused the back end to raise up at high speed with unfortunate results. They put the car in a wind tunnel, made some changes and called the new version the DB6.

By the way, there were multiple Aston Martins owned by the studio that made the movies so there was not a single “Bond” car.

European Car Show

This is an entry in St. Louis’ European Car Show. Today is their annual show with lots of cool cars like this. Hopefully I will find something interesting to post here in the next few days.

This is a photo from their 2014 show, processed in Topaz Impression. See more photos: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Events/St-Louis-European-Car-Show-201/

Pere Marquette Lodge

On Sunday I drove up what is known as the Great River Road from St. Louis to Pere Marquette Lodge. The lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1933-1939. This is a guest cabin on the grounds.

The lodge its self is a large stone and log structure with guest room, restaurant and huge gathering area. It is a very impressive facility overlooking the Illinois River.

Kansas City

While in Kansas City for a meeting, I checked into the hotel. Asked if I had a floor preference, I told them the higher the better (always like a view). The clerk handed me the key (card) and up I went and found that I had been given a suite for the price of the discounted meeting price! I thought I would share the view.

This is a three shot HDR photo using an ISO of 200 at f7.1, 24mm and an average shutter speed of 6 seconds. A table was used as the tripod.

Kansas City