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!

World’s Fair Pavilion

There is no shortage of great architecture in St. Louis’ Forest Park. This is the World’s Fair Pavilion built in 1909 with proceeds from the 1904 World’s Fair held here in Forest Park. Government Hill’s colorfully lit fountain and reflecting pool were added in 1930. The other side of the building offers a spectacular view of the area.

Wall Art

Scenic Pontiac, Illinois promotes it past association with the old Route 66. This town has a number of annual events and museums commemorating its past glory days. Also, they have these wonderful nostalgic scenes painted on walls around town.

These are iPhone 6s photos processed in Snapseed.

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Dual Control Panels

This dual cockpit Waco biplane has controls in both seats. A recent visit to Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis, Missouri allowed a few of us to photograph several planes, watch them fly and explore the cockpits.

Waco UMF-5

I had a chance to visit Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis. This special airport is home for small private planes, biplanes and experimental planes. On this visit, a few of the well maintained biplanes were brought out for us to photograph. This is a Waco UMF-5 built in the 30’s.

Eclipse

Monday I closed the office, gave the employees paid vacation and headed down to De Soto, Missouri to get my best shot at the eclipse. Here is the result to add to all of the others out there. The total eclipse was something to experience with the slowly darkening sky and suddenly there is this black eye looking down at you!

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.