This gift shop was built in 1856 according to the sign. However, I suspect it did not start out as a tourist trap. This is a building in Elsa, Illinois, an old village along the Mississippi River between Alton and Grafton. This 18th century enclave is fun to explore with lost of classic old buildings.
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After foraging through the woods in Weldon Spring, this group pops out on a country road. These hunters have a pack of about a dozen Basset Hounds and are part of Three Creek Bassets, a nationally known pack of scent hounds. Today they are trying to pick up the scent of a rabbit, track it […]
Another beautiful fall sunset in the Midwest. This well and the stables beyond are part of an old club in St. Charles County. The property is along the Missouri River and served as a family farm in this rural section of Weldon Spring before World War II and before the bridge across the Missouri River […]
Tucked away in the bluffs along the Mississippi River is the little village of Elsah, IL. The entire village of Elsah is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This village, with a population of around one hundred people, is often referred to as the “village where time stood still.” Visitors to Elsah can escape […]
View of the top of the Clark Bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Alton. The Clark Bridge was named after William Clark who, with Meriwether Lewis in 1804, commanded the two year 4,000 mile exploration of the Louisiana Purchase territory up the Missouri River into the Pacific Northwest. The Lewis and Clark Expedition set off just a […]
Canadian Geese doing a flyby at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. On this day the place was full of geese, pelicans, egrets and more! Around St. Louis these geese are pretty common. In fact they may be considered a nuisance. However, these birds are always amazing to watch fly by.
A pair of White Pelicans at Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Riverlands is just south of Alton, IL and has over 8.5 miles of trail featuring viewing platforms and bird blinds. The trails bring you through prairies, marshes, and bottomland forest habitats, and provide great viewing opportunities for the great variety of birds and other wildlife. While […]
Flowing through America’s heartland, the Mississippi River provides a pathway for commerce and travel. As barges, trains and highway traffic move up and down the river, a power plant in the background provides electricity for the area. The highway is one of the most scenic drives in the United States and is known as The […]
Hidden along the ridges of Chesterfield Valley you will find these scenic farms. On many Sundays in the Fall and Winter I will go hunting with a pack of Basset Hounds. Traveling through the back woods of farms and parks, following the pack, you will come upon scenes like this and this is probably the […]
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Garden Party Lights features interactive lighting, projection mapping, and laser show installations. At dark, the light show begins. Visitors take a self-guided journey through over a mile of free-flowing paths with electrifying multimedia created in collaboration with world-renowned projection and lighting experts AVI Systems and Theatrical Concepts Inc. This is a laser […]