Observation Deck

4,256-acre Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is a  preserve located on the south side of the Missouri River at its confluence with the Mississippi River. Annually they plant Sunflower fields for residents to explore and photograph. In the photo is an observation deck that makes an interesting addition to the photo. Columbia Bottom is for thoseContinue reading “Observation Deck”

Daylilies at The Cascades

Daylilies in front of another Forest Park icon. In the background is a waterfall which may be the parks most prominent feature. Some of my earliest memories are of climbing up to the top to see where it was coming from. Now every photographer in the world is here doing wedding shots for their clients. Continue reading “Daylilies at The Cascades”

Bandstand

The Nathan Frank Bandstand is one of the interesting in St. Louis’ Forest Park. The original bandstand on this site was built around the time Forest Park opened in 1876. Constructed of wood, it was renovated for the 1904 World’s Fair and was one of the Fair’s most photographed structures. Concerts held there were popularContinue reading “Bandstand”

Great Egret

Forest Park in St. Louis has an open air theater with a lake in front of it. I was walking to the lake when, coming around some shrubbery, I almost ran into this Egret. The Egret did not flinch. He gave me some poses and then flew down into the lake. A very obliging bird.Continue reading “Great Egret”

Dogwood Canyon

Dogwood Canyon Nature Park is a one-of-a-kind experience for nature lovers and adventure seekers of all ages. Covering 10,000 acres of pristine Ozark Mountain landscape, the park has miles of crystal-clear trout streams, dozens of cascading waterfalls, ancient burial caves, unique hand-built bridges and bottomless, blue-green pools. And, they actually have Dogwood trees there.

Japanese Garden Bridge

One of the nicest areas of the Missouri Botanical Garden is the Japanese Garden. The area has flowering trees, a lake and bridge. The Japanese Garden, one of the largest in North America and represents an evolution of centuries of tradition and a multiplicity of distinctly Japanese cultural influences. Incorporating carefully designed plantings, waterfalls, beachesContinue reading “Japanese Garden Bridge”

Dogwood Canyon

Dogwood Canyon in Lampe, Missouri did not disappoint. The 6.5 miles of paved paths and 9 miles of trails with scenic views were surrounded by Dogwood trees. The sort of canyon/valley has a stream running through it with countless breathtaking waterfalls. Hike, bike or ride, this is a wonderful place to visit!

Hope Wilderness Chapel

Hope Wilderness Chapel in Dogwood Canyon with springtime Dogwood and magnolia blossoms. This is in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a 10,000-acre slice of alluring Ozarks paradise located in Lampe, Missouri. The park offers hiking, biking, Segway tours, wildlife tours, horseback riding, and trout fishing set against a backdrop of towering bluffs, waterfalls, spring-fed creek beds,Continue reading “Hope Wilderness Chapel”