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Out with her trusty hound

2020 Gold Cup

A lone woman with her trusty hound hiking through the woods. Actually she is part of the Gumbo Flats Gold Cup event where hounds show off their tracking skills. Today there are “12 couples” (24 Bassets) in field including Missouri’s Three Creek Basset Pack and Okaw Valley Foot Bassets from Ohio. Awards are given to individual hounds. The event is held annually at Strathalbyn Farms Club overlooking the Missouri River in St. Charles County.

Dixie’s Portrait

2020 Gold Cup

I am working on my skills as a portrait photographer so I combined my interests: landscape photography and Basset Hounds and got this. Dixie is standing on an Adirondack Chair in an area overlooking Chesterfield Valley in St. Louis County. Dixie hates cameras and will not look at me.

This was taken with a Nikon D7100 with:

Lens AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
Focal Length 48.0 mm (72.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/5.6
Exposure Time 0.005s (1/200)
ISO 250


Waiting for the judges

2020 Gold Cup

Two ladies showing off their Basset Hounds at a rural dog show in Weldon Spring, Missouri. The Bassets here will also show off their tracking skills in a competition pitting  the Three Creek Bassets pack against the Okaw Valley pack, taking their handlers through creek beds, under barbwire fencing and up steep hills. It will be a long day.

St. Louis Riverfront

Eads Bridge

Opened in 1874, Eads Bridge was the first bridge erected across the Mississippi south of the Missouri River. Earlier bridges were located north of the Missouri, where the Mississippi is smaller. None of the earlier bridges survive; Eads Bridge is the oldest bridge on the river.

Also, the Eads Bridge is no longer a primary thoroughfare in the metropolitan area. Another is the Martin Luther King Bridge that runs parallel the the Eads and is now closed for repairs. Taking advantage of the closure a group of us walked onto the bridge and headed over to the Illinois side. From there we captured the sunset on our beautiful city.

This is a three shot HDR photo with these settings: 18mm, f9, ISO 250.  It is three photos with two stops between image.

Sunset at the Arch

St. Louis’ Gateway Arch makes a great subject for photography with endless possibilities. This photo was taken from a viewing platform in East St. Louis, Illinois. The platform gives various heights for a good angle. However, there are power lines and other structures in the way so it is not possible to get a “clean” photo of the St. Louis skyline. This is a three shot HDR photo edited in Lightroom, Aurora HDR and Photoshop. Photoshop was used to remove the obstructions but I did not spend the time to do a clean edit and you can see some lines in the sky. These should be able to be cleaned up.

This is a “go back” place. That is, going back to a favorite location usually give you the opportunity improve your version of the scene.


Yesterday I posted a photo of Fred, a Basset Hound I helped rescue last summer. Here is his sister Ethel. The two were found with no collars, tags or other form of id. While they were in my care they were nameless. They are a bonded pair and stuck to each other like glue so Guardian Angel Basset Rescue, the group that found them their permanent home, named them Fred and Ethel. They are now living in a rural area west of Chicago.


Fred taking it easy in St. Louis’ Forest Park. I miss Fred and his sister Ethel. I met them when I offered to take them off the hands of a friend that found them in her yard. They had no tags, no names. I am involved with a Basset Rescue Group called Guardian Angel Basset Rescue and offered to take the two mysterious hounds and, if no one claimed them, I would get them to GABR. They lived with me for a week and were perfect guests. I already have a Basset Hound so the two visitors got along well with Dixie. We went for walks, visited Forest Park and they loved to play in the back yard with Dixie. I usually have two bassets but three was too many so they had to go to GABR to find their permanent home where someone could give them the attention the needed.

No one claimed them so GABR named the couple Fred and Ethel and found their “forever home” quickly.

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Republican National Convention

As promised from the previous post, here is the front of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum is on a harbor on Lake Erie and is in a cluster of other museums and parks. The front is this glass pyramid with an unusual structure in the back.

Republican National Convention

Here is the back side of the museum and the harbor. The museum is the odd looking building in the center with the Cleveland skyline in the background.

“No, we ain’t gonna take it”

Now for something a little different… This is a little stairway going up to a cramped display area in the top of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The R&R Hall of Fame is this sort of pyramid building with smaller spaces towards the top. Working our way through the building towards the top, we found this little stairway with a line from a Twisted Sisters song. It was dark in there so it was a difficult shot. Here are the settings: 18mm, f3.5, 1/6 sec., 1600 ISO.

I will post an outside photo of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for my next post.

From Twisted Sister

Oh, we’re not gonna take it
No, we ain’t gonna take it
Oh, we’re not gonna take it anymore

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