A Salute to America

Min-Aqua Bats

The Min-Aqua Bats’ final act, A Salute to America. These young ladies skiing around Lake Minocqua with flags flying is a sight to see. Happy Memorial Day to my friends.


Min-Aqua Bats

The pyramid practiced in the previous photo is performed in front of crowds in Minocqua, Wisconsin.  I remember watching this ski team in the early 50’s.

One of the oldest water ski show teams in the United States today. The Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Club originated in 1950 with a group of local young people water skiing on Sunday afternoons. After noticing their efforts were attracting an audience, the skiers decided to put together a show. So, the Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Club was born.

Skiing into the Night

Min-Aqua Bats

The Min-Aqua Bats practice for their summer shows while helpers wait for them on the dock and a few spectators watch from their boats in the distance. Since the early 50’s this ski team has thrilled vacationers in Minocqua, Wisconsin with their acrobatics on water. This is a team practicing building a pyramid in the long northern sunset

This is one of my favorite photos of Minocqua, Wisconsin. The skiers silhouetted in a beautiful Northwoods sunset show their dedication to their sport. I took this photo while having dinner at Bosacki’s Boathouse. Unfortunately, it was through a window and the inside were reflecting in the photo.

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Forest Park

More Spring in Forest Park. Post-Dispatch Lake in Forest Park is the best place to see wildlife. Ducks, geese, egrets and other creatures are abundant in this area. Here are a pair of geese with their newly hatched goslings. 


Forest Park

All seasons in Forest Park are worth a visit. This section between the Grand Basin and Post Dispatch lake is particularly scenic. It has multiple streams, bridges, wildlife and flowers. You can view the St. Louis Art Museum from the Grand Basin and walk over to the Boat House for lunch. A nice way to spend an afternoon.

See our gallery of Forest Park photos, click here.

Art Hill Trees

Art Hill in Forest Park may be considered the the heart of the park. Art hill is well known for snow sledding, kit flying, picnicking and just a place to congregate.  The hill stretches from the entrance of the St. Louis Art Museum down the the Grand Basin which is what is left of the canal system from the 1904 World’s Fair.

This is a scene of the walkway that lines the upper rim of the hill. The turning of these trees in the fall is the highlight of fall in Forest Park.

Nathan Frank Memorial Bandstand

Nathan Frank Band Stand at Pagoda Circle in Forest Park shows off its brilliant red trees. There are some classic fall scenes in Forest Park and this is one. The trees that line Art Hill is another.

The original Band Stand was built around 1876 and is in the center of a lake with no access by foot. Currently is sits in front of Forest Park’s Municipal Opera.

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The Hunters

The Three Creek Basset Pack has started their 2021 – 2022 season with the Blessing of the Hounds at Strathalbyn Farms.  The pack can be seen hunting along Wolfrum Road or Busch Wildlife Conservation Area most Sunday afternoons. Sometime when you are in St. Charles County, on an old windy road, you can stop and listen for the hunter’s horn calling in the hounds.

Country Road

On of the most scenic areas in St. Charles County. This is a private shooting and hunting site but represent much of this scenic area. Across the road is Busch Wildlife, a public wildlife preserve that gives you access to this rural area in Weldon Spring, MO.

A fall walk

Chesterfield Valley

Time to get out into the country for some fall color. Over the next few weekends I will be out with the Three Creek Bassets: enjoying the outdoors, taking in the color and following the hounds. We will be hunting rural Weldon Spring in St. Charles County, MO.  Watch for photos!

This particular photo was taken on the bluffs overlooking Chesterfield Valley.

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