These villas are in a secluded, scenic and serene destination on the grounds of Chaumette Winery in the heart of beautiful Ste. Genevieve wine country. Wineries with lodging for weekend getaways in Missouri are hard to find, which is why Chaumette offers villa studio suites with a king size bed and small kitchenette. Their villas that are elegantly designed with nine-foot ceilings, fireplaces and fully-equipped kitchens looking out to shaded porches and panoramic views. They have dog-friendly villas for guests who would like to bring their dog during their weekend getaway in Missouri wine country. This is a great place to spend a few nights.
Laura takes her Three Creek Basset pack out for a walk.
Basseting is the sport of following a pack of Basset Hounds in pursuit of hares or rabbits. The structure is nearly identical to a traditional foxhunt, although the pursuit is on foot. It is a centuries-old tradition that continues to draw young and old who love the outdoors, good sport, and hunting with hounds.
The staff consists of the Master, or Joint Masters, Secretary, Whippers-in, and the Huntsman. Followers are called the Field. The Huntsman is responsible for the actual hunting of the hounds, while the Whippers-in assist to manage the pack. The Field Master leads the Field so members and guests will have the optimal views of the hounds at work.
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Henry Shaw’s home is ready for Christmas. This is the home of Henry Shaw on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Henry Shaw was a businessman and amateur botanist in St. Louis when it was a gateway city to the West. His businesses supplied residents, pioneers and others. Having made his fortune, he was able to retire at age 40, pursue his interest in botany, and used much of his fortune in philanthropy. He is best known as the founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden, but he also donated the land to the city for Tower Grove Park and oversaw its development. He donated funds to several other city institutions as well.
The Botanical Garden sponsors an annual Christmas tour where the grounds are spectacularly decorated. Click here for more images: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Botanical-Garden/. Click on the image for more information on it or to purchase a copy.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Flora Borealis event projected sights and sounds throughout their grounds. This is a laser show projected on the Henry Shaw home.
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This is one of my favorite photos of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. Also, it may be one of my all-time favorite photos. This is early morning on Lake Minocqua as the snows were starting to set in. I got up early one morning to photograph a sunrise in this spot but was met with this surreal site: a lake like glass and a low hanging fog that was not quite to the ground.
The Northwoods of Wisconsin is one of our national treasures. To see more photos of the area, go to my site: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/.
The last couple of posts have been about barns, so I thought I would post one of my favorite barn photos. This is on Interstate 39 just north of Bloomington, Illinois. As I was driving on 39, I kept seeing these interesting barns and finally pulled over to photograph one. The sky and clouds were amazing that day adding to the photograph. I actually exited the highway and found the road that led to that location. I never had to leave the car, just supported the camera on the car windowsill and got the photo. This is a three shot HDR photo.
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Simplistic structures like this make great subjects. A simple barn on the side of the road.
I have to admit that that I use special software to make it look like a painting. I think I used a Van Gogh effect giving it that swirly brush look.
Our County has some beautiful areas, even during the winter. This is some farmland in the Northwestern part of St. Louis County. Beyond the trees in the Missouri River and yet another spectacular overlook.
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A few weeks ago, in Northern Wisconsin, leaves were still on the trees but snow was in the forecast. In this part of the country the lakes can freeze over for the whole winter. This old trestle was part of a network of railroads that allowed you to get in and out of Wisconsin’s Great Northwoods in the early 20th Century. My first encounter with this area was by train when I was 4 years old. The “Night Train” from Chicago brought to this spot as this trestle was the end point of the trip and the town of Minocqua was just on the other side.
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Nice weather in St. Louis for Thanksgiving in St. Louis but winter is on its way! The snow here was falling pretty hard and the ducks did not have a chance to shake it off; a flap of the wings would have done the trick. This iconic scene is in the middle of St. Louis’ metropolitan area, in Forest Park. Here the ducks, geese and egrets thrive.
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