Fall in Missouri

Fall is a nice time to explore rural areas. This is in an area in Missouri called Defiance, an interesting area that includes Daniel Boone’s home, wineries, the Katy Trail and much more.

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Wineries in Ste. Genevieve County

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Missouri wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in Missouri. German immigrants in the early-to-mid-19th century founded the wine industry in Missouri, resulting in its wine corridor being called the Missouri “Rhineland”. Later Italian immigrants also entered wine production. In the mid-1880s, more wine was produced by volume in Missouri than in any other state.

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri is now developing its wineries with great wines, food and views. One of my favorites is Chaumette, with a first rate reastarant, a nice wine selection and a spectacular view of the ozark rolling hills. Lunch out on their deck cannot be beat. The above photo is from my table on the deck.

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Moonrise over Lake Michigan

The moon always looks larger on horizon and when you have a clear view of the horizon, like looking out over Lake Michigan, it is spectacular. Looking up the time of moonrise, you know when to expect it. Watching, a narrow white sliver appear and then it’s large body overwhelms the horizon.

This is a view over Lake Michigan near Baleys Harbor, Wisconsin.

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Visit Door County Light Houses

Stergeon Bay Canal Light

The Sturgeon Bay east west Canal North Pierhead Light is a lighthouse located on Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. Painted red, the light is situated on the north pier of the southern entrance to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal. If yoy visit you can walk out on the concrete support to get a closer look.

Door county is a great place to explore lighthouses. There are two others that I like to explore: Cana Island Lighthouse and Eagle Bluff Light in Penninsula Park. You can actually go inside those and climb up to the top.

I stop by the site wit several friends and walked out to the end of the pier to get this photo. To see more photos of Door County click here.

Take a walk in this scenic Door County area

This is one of Door County’s most interesting parks. Cave Point County Park is revered by divers, photographers, swimmers, hikers, and all who visit. The beautifully carved rock faces lining the blue waters of Lake Michigan are quintessentially Door County. While not a state or national park, Cave Point has no shortage of majesty. Local county officials preserve the park, offering free admission to the picnic areas, trails, and spectacular views just up the beach from Whitefish Dunes State Park.

This is one of the trails that parallels Lake Michigan with a view of underwater caves and limestone cliffs along the scenic lake. Follow it to explore the area and vistas of Lake Michigan. While walking you will experience waves crashing along the bluff and the spray of water.

I stopped by the park just after sunrise to capture some photos of the area. After taking a few shots I realized that I needed a wider lens to capture the beauty of the area. Swapping lenses, I was able to get this photo with a wide 14mm lens showing the path and the lake with the bright sunshine causing a glare.

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Middleton Place

This is a backwater on the Ashley River near Charleston. The photo was taken during Golden Hour where the sun has not come up yet giving deep colors with no shadows and colorful skies.

This was taken with my Nikon Z6 with a Nikkor Z 24-120mm f/4 lens. Settings: ISO 560; Shutter Speed 1/45sec; f/6.7; 27mm.

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A note from the property owner:



I recently ordered an extender for one of my lenses that allows me to get closer to my subject. After a long wait it arrived yesterday, so I attached it to my lens, walked out onto my deck and what did I find but hummingbirds at our feeder. My hummingbird feeder usually does not interest the local hummers but this particular subject liked my flowers and feeder enough to pose for me for about a minute!

This was taken with a Nikon Z6 with a Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. The part added was a Nikon 1.4X Teleconverter. Settings: ISO 800; 250mm (courtesy of the teleconverter); f/4.0; 1/125 sec.

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Ashley River

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The Ashley River is a blackwater and tidal river in South Carolina, rising from the Wassamassaw and Great Cypress Swamps in western Berkeley County. It consolidates its main channel about five miles west of Summerville, widening into a tidal estuary just south of Fort Dorchester.

This is just before sunrise wakes up the still water.

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Another interesting doorway in Charleston. Note this one does not seem to go into the dwelling but into a courtyard. This is common in these Southern homes where many have full length porches on the side. Some of these have entry doorways onto the porch and then from there you can go into the home.

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